"I have personally carried resumes over here" for Pennsylvania job candidates who have not been hired, Dougherty said.
The DRPA, which operates four toll bridges and the PATCO commuter line between Center City and South Jersey, has its headquarters on the Camden waterfront. The governing board is made up of eight residents of each state.
Jeffrey L. Nash, the Camden County freeholder who is vice chairman of the DRPA board, acknowledged the job disparity but said more New Jersey residents apply for jobs, so more get hired.
Andrew Reilly, a Media lawyer who chairs the board's labor committee, agreed with Dougherty that Pennsylvania deserves more hires.
"If two people are equally qualified, I'm pushing for the Pennsylvania person," Reilly said. "We're just looking for more equity."
A disadvantage for Pennsylvania residents, Pennsylvania board members said, is that many of them have to pay the $5 bridge toll to drive to work each day, since Gov. Christie eliminated free passage for workers in 2010. Most New Jersey residents can drive to work at the DRPA for free since they don't have to cross a bridge.
Union-represented DRPA workers, including toll collectors, train operators, mechanics, and police officers, had their free rides restored in 2011 by an arbitrator, who ruled that Christie violated the provisions of their labor contracts by eliminating the perquisite.
Nash and Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, who chairs the board, said the DRPA would improve its advertising of job openings to try to increase Pennsylvania hiring.
Dougherty also called for a change in DRPA procedures to make public the political contributions of people and businesses who do work for the DRPA.
Dougherty said auditor general DePasquale would seek next month to revise the rule created in 2012 that exempted vendors' political contributions from public disclosure.
Contractors doing or seeking business with DRPA must disclose to the agency any political contributions made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But the DRPA withholds those reports from the public.
Cawley said the DRPA board would consider "what we may need to do additionally . . . as we continue our moves toward transparency and openness."
In other action Thursday, the board gave chief engineer Mike Venuto a raise, promoting him on the executive pay scale to boost his annual salary to $165,000 from the current $136,500.