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78 percent

October 17, 2011

Despite the fact that New Jersey has a pretty extensive transparency center, known as Your Money.NJ.Gov, the state gets only a 78 percent, or C+, on the Public Interest Group's State Transparency Scorecard.

New Jersey got top grades for enabling citizens to see its checkbook -- basically, the state is quite open about who it paid and what it paid. It also got top honors for allowing visitors to freely search by contractor and search by activity. The state was also given good grades for having past contracts available, allowing them to be downloadable, and enabling feedback.

Where it fell down was in offering more than the basic information, such as providing summary information on tax expenditures, giving in-depth information on economic development and grants, and delivering information on quasi-public agencies.

New Jersey was ranked about average among states for transparency. Texas, Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona, and Louisana were the states given A's.

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