Death exalts us. I've always known it. Rarely does anyone have anything but good things to say at your funeral.

Jim Florio died this past weekend at 85. He was a one-term Democratic governor who served in between two two-term Republican governors and a figure who sparked enough outrage to launch a grassroots campaign against his policies and put New Jersey 101.5 on the map.

As part of his exaltation upon his passing, Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger Editorial Board wrote kind words about Florio being an old-school, hard-working politician who will be missed.

Eric Scott offered, in my opinion, a more balanced take on

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So what did average folks think of Florio?

Even last year the public remained divided on his legacy. In 2021 a Monmouth University poll asked what Garden State residents thought about every living governor since Kean. Tom Kean remained tops with 33% having a favorable opinion and 14% unfavorable.

James Florio had 22% favorable versus 23% unfavorable. Using what the poll called "net favorability," he ranked 6th of the nine governors. Phil Murphy ranked 2nd just behind Tom Kean. Chris Christie came in dead last.

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Politics can be cruel. For all the ups and downs and wins and losses and hard-fought campaigns, most of the nine governors in last year's poll showed the majority of the public having no opinion about them whatsoever. After Florio's 22% favorable and 23% unfavorable, 54% had no opinion.

Even Tom Kean at the top of the heap had 53% of the public having no opinion on him.

Perhaps that should be the biggest and most telling takeaway of all.

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