Denial?

Embattled New Jersey Turnpike Authority Chairman Joseph Simunovich, one of many state and local officials facing ethics complains, doesn’t seem quite sure about his status with Bob Menendez’s campaign for the United States Senate. The former Hudson County Freeholder began the year as Menendez’s Finance Chairman, and told a Bergen Record reporter recently that he was “not very active” because of his wife’s illness. But a Menendez campaign official told PoliticsNJ.com today that Simunovich has been out since August when he resigned.