New Jersey officials this week purchased a new AAA rating from Fitch Investors Service, hoping to show investors that despite months of upcoming budget uncertainty the state is still worthy of its reputation as the top GO credit in the region.

The move came in conjunction with a $413 million general obligation issue priced yesterday, the state's first since Standard & Poor's Corp. lowered its rating to AA-plus from AAA last July amid concern over budgetary one-shots.

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