03.19.2012report ranking New Jersey the state best prepared to prevent corruption. As part of the study, each state received a “corruption risk” report card. Although no state received an “A”, New Jersey got the highest grade with a “B+” . New York, on the other hand, received a grade of a “D” and ranked 36th out of all 50 states. New Jersey received its top rank largely because of its sweeping pay-to-play laws, which have curbed political contributions and have increased transparency in relation to government contracting.