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 to the NJTA. All nine votes for work to be performed by the contractor were voted unanimously by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority Board of Trustees. 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 influential on the votes. Therefore Joe Simunovich was cleared of unwarranted ethics charges.