About NJTA: Who We Are
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is dedicated to the safe, efficient movement of people and goods over two of the busiest toll roads in America, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Our highways are a critical link in the transportation network of the Northeastern United States and the safest, quickest and most convenient route for hundreds of thousands of commuters, truckers and recreational travelers every day.
New Jersey Turnpike
The Turnpike was the first toll road in New Jersey and the third in the nation when it opened in 1951. It has grown over time from 118 miles to 148 with the addition of the Newark Bay Hudson County Extension (1956), the Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension (1956), the Western Spur (1970) and the I-95 Extension (1992). The road has grown wider over the years, too. Originally four lanes for its full length, it’s now as wide as 14 lanes in some areas. There are 366 toll lanes at the 28 interchanges. They include 142 entry lanes and 222 exit lanes. E-ZPass is accepted in all lanes. There are express E-ZPass lanes at interchanges 1, 6 and 18W. For drivers who don't have E-ZPass, there are 69 entry lanes with dual-height ticket machines and 108 staffed exit lanes.
Information about the rich history of the New Jersey Turnpike is available in the online New Jersey Historical Society exhibit called What Exit: New Jersey and its Turnpike.
Garden State Parkway
The Parkway, which opened to traffic in 1954, passes through 50 municipalities in 10 counties between the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Cape May and the New York State line at Montvale. The highway is still at its original four lanes south of milepost 80 in Ocean County and north of milepost 168 in Bergen County, but it has grown much wider in between. It’s now 12 lanes at its widest point in Monmouth and Middlesex counties. The Parkway maintains a total of 359 exits and entrances. Tolls are collected at 50 locations, including 11 plazas on the main roadway and 39 on entrance or exit ramps. The 236 toll lanes include 118 E-ZPass lanes, 84 exact change lanes and 34 staffed lanes. Express E-ZPass lanes operate at the Pascack Valley, Raritan, Asbury, Toms River, Barnegat and Cape May plazas.
To learn more about the history and heritage of the Garden State Parkway, visit the online exhibit called The Garden State Parkway: A Historic Journey.
Board of Commissioners
Governor of New Jersey
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is governed by an eight-member Board of Commissioners. The Governor himself does not serve on the Board, but he appoints most of the members and designates the chairman. He has the statutory authority to overturn an action of the Board by vetoing the minutes of the meeting at which the action was taken.
Commissioner Simpson serves on the Turnpike board by virtue of his position as the New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation. He was appointed to that post by Governor Chris Christie in January 2010. Commissioner Simpson is the former administrator of the Federal Transit Administration and a former commissioner of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. He began his career in transportation as a tractor-trailer driver. He is a magna cum laude graduate of St. John’s University.
Mr. Gravino is VP for finance and human resources at Invidi Technologies Corp. in Princeton, which he joined after many years as a financial/turnaround consultant. He serves as chairman of the Newark Liberty International Airport Advisory Board and on the boards of the Transportation Finance Review Commission and the Garden State Arts Foundation. He served for six years as a commissioner of the former New Jersey Highway Authority, including a term as chairman. Mr. Gravino lives in Middlesex County.
Michael R. DuPont
Mr. DuPont is a partner in the law firm McKenna, DuPont, Higgins & Stone. He serves on the Borough Council in Red Bank, Monmouth County, and is president of the Garden State Arts Foundation. He has a B.A. in political science and business administration from Loyola University and a J.D. from the John Marshall School of Law.
Harold L. Hodes
Mr. Hodes is a senior partner of Public Strategies Impact LLC. He has worked previously as the chief of staff to Governor Brendan Byrne and was the first president of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. He teaches a course on political campaigning at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers. He resides in West End, Monmouth County.
Raymond M. Pocino
Mr. Pocino is a 50-year member of the Laborers International Union of North America and is president emeritus of Construction & General Laborers Local 172. He serves on the boards of the New Jersey AFL-CIO and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He is serving his fifth term on the Turnpike Authority. Mr. Pocino resides in Lawrenceville, Mercer County.
Ulises E. Diaz
Mr. Diaz is vice president for governmental affairs at Verizon New Jersey. He previously worked for several years at United Water New Jersey, where he was responsible for government and public affairs, communications and business development. He has a B.A. in business administration from Rutgers University. He is a resident of Rutherford, Bergen County.
Daniel F. Becht Esq.
Mr. Becht is executive director of the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority and counsel to the Newark Planning Board. He previously served as vice chairman of the New Jersey Lottery, chairman of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority and as a commissioner on the New Jersey Law Revision Commission and the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority. Mr. Becht resides with his wife and 3 children in Wall Township.
Ms. Walden is president and owner of J Walden & Associates, a firm dedicated to developing small, minority and women business programs. Previously, she worked for 27 years at NJ TRANSIT, retiring in March 2009 as Assistant Executive Director for Diversity Programs. Ms. Walden is a member and past president of the New Jersey Human & Civil Rights Association and a past board member of the NY/NJ Minority Purchasing Council. She resides in Irvington and Monmouth Junction.
Veronique ("Ronnie") Hakim
Ms. Hakim was named executive director of the Turnpike Authority in September 2010. Previously, she worked for more than 23 years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City, first as special counsel, later as senior vice president and general counsel. She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from the Pace University School of Law.
John F. O’Hern
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. O’Hern has worked at the Turnpike Authority since January 2003. He was director of labor relations before his appointment as deputy executive director in October 2008. He holds a B.A. from Lafayette College, a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law, and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
- James Carone
- Director of Internal Audit
- Sheri Ann Czajkowski
- Assistant Secretary to the Authority
- Mary Elizabeth Garrity
- Director of Human Resources
- Bruce A. Harris
- General Counsel
- Sean Hill
- Director of Operations
- Joe Lentini
- Director of Maintenance
- Donna Manuelli
- Chief Financial Officer
- Megan Mulcahy
- Chief of Staff
- Barry Pelletteri
- Chief Information Officer
- Robert B. Quirk
- Director of Tolls
- Richard Raczynski
- Chief Engineer (with Maintenance)
- Dennis Switaj
- Director of Electronic Toll Collection
- Pamela Varga
- Comptroller, Budgets
- Andrea Ward
- Director of Purchasing