In a surprise move this morning, President Barak Obama announced that because of the recession, Alaska and New England were to be sold. Alaska was bought from the Russians in 1865 for $71million, so is probably worth over $1billion now (without Sarah Palin), and New England a similar amount or possibly a little more.
France and Zimbabwe are two nations known to be interested in buying New England, although if they did buy the state they would undoubtedly change it's name. Alaska would probably return to the Russians, although the Canadians have expressed an interest.
Affected citizens would be able to have joint citizenship if they wanted.