Currie’s dilemma

Passaic County Freeholder Director Elease Evans seems to be headed to the State Assembly — by now, it’s no secret that she is Democratic County Chairman John Currie’s choice to take the 35th district seat held until Monday by Alfred Steele. Now the big question seems to be about her Freeholder seat.

Currie’s preference, it seems, is for Evans to remain in both jobs. She is a team player — perhaps the Freeholder most loyal to the organization (as opposed to Freeholders who are closer to Congressman Bill Pascrell or Sheriff Gerald Speziale) — and Currie doesn’t want to lose her at the Hall of Records. But dual officeholding isn’t fashionable these days, and Currie has a history of opposing it: he forced Peter Eagler to choose between Freeholder and Assemblyman (he wound up losing both — that’s a different story), and almost dumped Freeholder Pat Lepore because he wouldn’t give up serving as West Paterson Mayor.

Currie’s dilemma