Two recent reports show New Jersey is lagging in economic growth and proposed rainy day funds but leading the nation in proposed spending increases.

A U.S. Commerce Department report shows New Jersey's economy fared worse than all but three states.

A National Association of State Budget Officers report shows Gov. Chris Christie is one of five governors recommending a year-end balance less than 1 percent of total expenditures.

That report also shows Christie has proposed a 7.2 percent spending increase for the 2013 fiscal year, the largest increase among the 50 states. The average spending increase recommendation is 2.2 percent.

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