About NJTA: Who We Are
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is dedicated to the safe and efficient movement of people and goods over two of the busiest toll roads in the United States -- the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. The Authority’s highways are a critical link in the transportation network of the Northeast I-95 Corridor. Every day, they provide the safest, quickest, and most convenient routes for hundreds of thousands of commuters, truckers, and recreational travelers.
Vision, Mission and Core Values
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 40 in Atlantic 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 365 exits and entrances. Tolls are collected at 49 locations, including 11 plazas on the main roadway and 38 on entrance or exit ramps. 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. For tee-shirts and other souvenirs celebrating the heritage of the Parkway, visit TransitGifts.com.
Board of Commissioners
Governor of New Jersey
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority is governed by an eight-member Board of Commissioners. One seat is currently vacant. 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.
Mr. Hammer has been Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation since October 2015. He served in an acting capacity until his confirmation by the New Jersey Senate in August 2016. Commissioner Hammer worked at NJDOT for 33 years before his appointment, including 10 years as the Assistant Commissioner in charge of Capital Program Management. The Commissioner holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rutgers and resides in Cream Ridge, Monmouth County.
Mr. Gravino is Vice President - Finance and Human Resources at Invidi Technologies Corp. in Princeton, which he joined after many years as a financial/turnaround consultant. He serves on the Financial Policy Review Board, which annually certifies the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund. He also serves on the boards of Rising Tide Capital, Inc., and the Garden State Arts Foundation. He served for six years as a commissioner of the former New Jersey Highway Authority. Mr. Gravino lives in Edison, Middlesex County.
Michael R. DuPont
Mr. DuPont is a partner in the law firm McKenna, DuPont, Higgins & Stone. He serves as a member of the Borough Council in Red Bank, Monmouth County, and is president of the Garden State Arts Foundation. He served on the transition teams of former Governors John S. Corzine and James E. McGreevey. Mr. DuPont has a B.A. in political science and business administration from Loyola University and a J.D. from the John Marshall School of Law.
Raymond M. Pocino
Mr. Pocino is a 50-year member of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and is president emeritus of Construction & General Laborers Local 172. He has been manager of the Eastern Region Office of LIUNA since 1995. Mr. Pocino 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 employed at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey as director of enterprise government affairs. Mr. Diaz previously worked for Verizon Communications Inc., where he was responsible for the development of the company’s government affairs activities and its legislative program for New Jersey. He also worked for United Water New Jersey, where he was responsible for external affairs activities, including government and public affairs, communications and business development. Mr. Diaz 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 of the New Law Revision Commission and the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority. Mr. Becht holds a B.S. in business from St. John’s University and a J.D. from New York Law School. He resides in Wall Township, Monmouth County.
John D. Minella
Mr. Minella is Executive Director of the Hudson County Democratic Organization. He retired from the NJTA as Assistant Superintendent of Garden State Parkway Roadway Maintenance in 2011 after more than 25 years of service. A graduate of St. Peters College in Jersey City, Mr. Minella is a trustee of the Madeline Fiadini LoRe Foundation for Cancer Prevention and 1st vice president of the Bayonne Chapter of UNICO National. He resides in Bayonne, Hudson County.
Joseph W. Mrozek
Mr. Mrozek was named executive director of the Turnpike Authority in March 2014. Previously, he served for four years as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Before he went to work for NJDOT, Mr. Mrozek accumulated more than 30 years’ experience in both staff and line senior management positions in the private sector, including Managing Partner of Moffitt International Inc.’s Northeast Division. He holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University and has completed programs in finance, strategic planning and international marketing at the Wharton School and the Columbia Graduate School of Business.
John F. O’Hern
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. O’Hern has worked at the Turnpike Authority since 2003. He was director of labor relations and deputy executive director before his appointment as COO in 2012. 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.
- Secretary to the Authority
Bruce A. Harris
- General Counsel
- Chief Engineer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Information Officer
- Director of Internal Audit
- Director of Operations
Mary Elizabeth Garrity
- Director of Human Resources
- Director of Maintenance
- Director of Procurement and Materials Management
Robert B. Quirk
- Director of Tolls