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March 20, 2012

Re:      Recent Study Lists New Jersey as Least Corrupt State in the Nation

Dear Mayor:

I wanted to make sure you were aware of a recent study entitled State Integrity Investigation, a collaboration of the Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity, and Public Radio International.

The months long study looked at all 50 states, and examined how they deal with corruption in the public sphere.  This included investigation procedures, ethics laws, and procurement processes, among other factors.

The study found New Jersey to be the least corrupt state in the country.

Several commentators and even some elected officials have poked fun at the finding, along the lines of “if we are the best the other states must be really bad.”

However, I think you and I both know that this study reflects the fact that the vast majority of New Jersey’s elected officials, of which the vast majority are local elected officials, are honest, hardworking public servants who sought public office not to enrich themselves but to improve the lives of their constituents.

If you would like to look at the study, you can find it at

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  In the meantime, keep up the good work.

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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