5 Things that happened in New Jersey last week

Thousands of people in South Jersey were without power, Gov. Christie called a special legislative session after signing the state budget and beach goers in Ocean City were in the dark for 10 minutes during a busy night, and it all happened this week in New Jersey.

Below, we’ve listed five of the headlines from this week around the Garden State. What are we missing?

Add to our list and tell us about the issues, events or news that made headlines in your community.Tell us in the comments below.

Christie’s budget speech

On Monday, Gov. Christie urged legislators to cut taxes. But Democratic leaders made it clear that they would approve no tax cut until the “New Jersey Comeback” Christie proclaimed almost six months ago produces the 7.3 percent revenue growth that the governor has promised — and that vote will not come before December.

N.J. residents without power

Storms last week brought widespread power outages across South Jersey. As of Thursday, 16,000 customers were still without power, according to the Associated Press. At the peak of the storms, 206,000 customers were without power. Atlantic City Electric expected the power to be restored to the remaining customers by Friday.

Ocean City’s boardwalk blackout

More power struggles down the shore — this time on the boardwalk. Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night, the lights went out and caused brief chaos. Philly.com reports the power was restored after about 10 minutes, though by then, many had already decided to call it a night.

Federal court rules Delaware dredging can continue

After three decades of studies and legal fights, a federal court has cleared the way for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete deepening the Delaware River. The Corps will dredge a 103-mile stretch of the Delaware, taking it from 40 to 45 feet deep. Work is expected to begin in August.

N.J. college faculty reach tentative contract

The union representing full-time faculty, librarians and professional staff at nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey has reached a tentative labor contract with the state. If it’s ratified, the four-year contract would be retroactive to July 1, 2011, according to the Associated Press.

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