New Jersey Democrat Jim Florio, the only governor up for reelection this year, is crawling back from political near-death. A poll conducted by Newark's Star-Ledger shows that 36% of voters think Florio is doing a "good" or "excellent" job, while 60% rate him fair or worse. In October, 1990, Florio bottomed out at 18% approval. He has been aided by turmoil over gun control and taxes in the overwhelmingly Republican legislature.

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