Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. His tenure there included revelatory stories on marijuana legalization, voting reform and Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decamp to the Republican Party. Earlier, he worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.

Panel approves nearly $740M in spending funded by pandemic windfalls

By: - November 30, 2021

A bicameral panel approved nearly $740 million in spending using federal dollars and millions from a fund established to ease the state’s debt burden. Gov. Phil Murphy last week submitted a series of spending proposals to the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, which must approve expenditures made using federal aid dollars provided under the American Rescue […]

Budget panel to hear proposal to spend bonded funds

By: - November 30, 2021

A bicameral panel will meet Tuesday to approve the first capital expenditures from a multi-billion dollar fund established to reduce New Jersey’s debt. Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday sent the panel a $435 million proposal for capital spending from a dedicated fund established with billions of dollars borrowed by the state late last year. Republicans, […]

Bill allowing pregnant prisoners to stay with child gets Senate companion

By: - November 29, 2021

An Assembly bill that would impose new limits of inmate discipline and allow women who give birth behind bars to stay with their child got a Senate companion Monday. If passed, New Jersey would join a group of roughly 10 states that allow imprisoned mothers to remain with their child after giving birth. The Bureau […]

Murphy submits $263M spending proposal for federal funds

By: - November 25, 2021

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration outlined more than a quarter billion dollars in federally funded spending in a proposal shared with a legislative panel Tuesday. The governor’s proposal includes nearly $263 million in spending priorities that range from additional hospital funding, rental assistance, and money for school construction projects to items apparently unrelated to the pandemic, […]

Bill to make candidates subject to state bribery laws lurches into motion

By: - November 24, 2021

A long-stalled Assembly bill that would make political candidates subject to the same bribery rules as elected officials appears to have lurched into the motion after receiving a bipartisan companion in the Senate. Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Ocean) introduced the bill in 2012 after a federal judge dismissed extortion charges against then-Assemblyman Louis Manzo (D-Hudson). The […]

SCOTUS won’t hear Waterfront Commission’s appeal of N.J. withdrawal

By: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case lodged by the Waterfront Commission of the New York Harbor in an attempt to keep New Jersey in the bistate compact. The body was tasked with combatting organized crime and ensuring  fair hiring practices in ports on both sides of the Hudson River, […]

GOP gains leave Jersey Shore nearly free of Democratic legislators

By: - November 22, 2021

Democrats’ successive losses over the past two legislative cycles have all but obliterated the party’s hold over the Jersey Shore. Starting on Jan. 11, only one Democrat, Sen. Vin Gopal, will represent the coastal region south of Sayreville in the Legislature, and even he finds himself on a precarious perch amid Republican enthusiasm that could […]

Business leaders celebrate coming glut of federal funds for infrastructure

By: - November 22, 2021

New Jersey and national business leaders are celebrating coming investments following the signing of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, which is expected to bring tens of billions in federal dollars to the Garden State. The state is expected to receive nearly $6.9 billion in federal dollars for road and highway improvements, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez […]

Guardian’s election brings LGBT representation back to Statehouse

By: - November 19, 2021

The election of Don Guardian to the state Assembly will give New Jersey its first openly gay legislator in more than three years. Guardian, a former Atlantic City mayor, defeated Assemblyman John Armato (D-Atlantic) and Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick to bring LGBT representation back to the capitol, buoyed by Republican enthusiasm that gave the […]

Lawmakers eye reform after slow trickle of 2021 election results

By: - November 17, 2021

The glacial reveal of results from New Jersey’s latest general election has left lawmakers dissatisfied and with a growing appetite for reform. A prohibition on counting mail-in ballots before Election Day, uncertainty around the number of uncounted ballots, and a days-long grace period for late-arriving mail votes have made Election Day seem like election week […]

Overseas voting bill advances with new amendments

By: - November 16, 2021

A Senate panel advanced a measure Monday allowing New Jerseyans living overseas to cast ballots in a greater number of local and state races, while absent Democratic lawmakers and abstentions blocked the paths of two of the committee’s other measures. The bill allowing overseas voters to cast ballots in state, federal, and some local elections […]

GOP wins give Democrats slimmest Assembly majority in nearly two decades

By: - November 15, 2021

Democratic Assembly incumbents in the 11th Legislative District will lose re-election to two Republican challengers after provisional ballots did little to cut the GOP candidates’ narrow leads. The result in that Monmouth County district — the final set of races to be decided since Election Day — means Democrats will go into the new legislative […]