Currie hire seems like politics as usual

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Some folks might think the Passaic County Board of Social Services has done taxpayers a solid by hiring John Currie, longtime Democratic Party boss in the county, to a part-time job as public information officer that pays $92,000 and that will almost certainly boost his state pension.

Some other folks might call it politics as usual in Passaic County, one of the highest-taxed counties in the nation.

Just to remind, Currie played a pivotal role last year in electing Gov. Phil Murphy, and has been a power broker in Passaic County politics for decades.

Often, public officials in New Jersey act surprised when political observers and ordinary taxpayers seem cynical about their government’s practices and policies. Episodes like this one are part of the reason.

Currie, whose job with the BSS entails getting the word out to the public about welfare benefits, seemed indignant when The Record asked him about his new government-paid position, and whether politics played a role in him getting it.

“I don’t (care) what it looks like,” Currie said. “I’m doing a job. I’m entitled to have a job, and I’m doing a good job.”

The word “entitled” sticks out like the…

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