Philadelphia union leader John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty Jr. is returning to the board of the Delaware River Port Authority, as the designee of Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
Dougherty, business manager for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98, was a DRPA board member during the Rendell administration.
He warred publicly with DRPA chief executive John Matheussen, calling for his resignation, and he urged the DRPA to try to sell PATCO, its tollpayer-subsidized commuter rail subsidiary.
Matheussen resigned in January, when Gov. Christie appointed him a Superior Court judge.
Dougherty, a Democrat, was an ally of Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner, DePasquale's predecessor, in trying unsuccessfully to use money earmarked for economic-development projects to postpone bridge toll increases instead.