The truth about Joe Simunovich Joe Simunovich Wins. Cleared of false ethics charges. During Mr. Simunovich’s tenure as Commissioner of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA), the state’s Ethics Commission conducted an investigation on the approval of nine contracts or change orders for a contractor to the NJTA. Mr. Simunovich had a longstanding personal relationship with the vendor. All nine votes for work to be performed by the contractor were unanimous by the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. No ethics charges were ever lodged against Mr. Simunovich and it was the New Jersey’s Ethics Commission’s position that Mr. Simunovich’s participation in the votes was not influenced by his relationship with the contractor. The Ethics Commission did, however, say Mr. Simunovich should have recused himself from voting on the contracts. Mr. Simunovich and the Ethics Commission entered into a complete and final resolution of the matter raised by the investigation. The consent order/settlement was not intended to constitute a finding or admission of guilt or liability on the part of Mr. Simunovich.