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.

Lawmakers on Senate panel pass bills with an eye on affordability

By: - January 28, 2022

A Senate panel kicked off the new legislative session Thursday by advancing a series of bills lawmakers say are intended to address New Jersey’s ever-rising cost of living. The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee approved bills aiming to reduce residents’ tax burdens by increasing a deduction for renters and requiring municipalities reduce their property […]

Judiciary committee advances former senators’ nominations

By: - January 28, 2022

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations Thursday of two former state senators who left the chamber earlier this month. In a unanimous vote, the panel approved the nomination of former state Sen. Kip Bateman to the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield board of directors and former Sen. Dawn Addiego to be Burlington County’s superintendent […]

Who is Sean Caddle, the operative at center of murder-for-hire plot?

By: - January 27, 2022

Sean Caddle, the political consultant who admitted Tuesday to hiring two men in 2014 to kill an operative he once employed, has a long and not altogether savory history in the Garden State. Bill O’Dea, a Hudson County Commissioner, called Caddle “a gun for hire, as most people in that field are.” O’Dea ran campaigns […]

One-time aide to ex-state senator admits arranging political operative’s murder

By: - January 25, 2022

Sean Caddle — a political consultant and one-time aide to former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak —admitted hiring two men to kill a Hudson County man in May 2014, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Caddle, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit murder for hire, admitting he paid thousands to two men for killing […]

Court asks Democrats to weigh in on redistricting tiebreaker’s choice

By: - January 25, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday told the state Congressional Redistricting Commission’s Democratic members to respond to GOP arguments that the high court should disregard commission tiebreaker John Wallace’s explanation for why he chose the Democratic congressional map adopted last month. The commission’s Republican members say Wallace’s newest explanation for his decision — the […]

State to accept applications for up to $35,000 in mortgage aid next month

By: - January 24, 2022

New Jersey homeowners can apply for up to $35,000 in mortgage and property tax assistance starting next month, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. The announcement comes as the number of pending foreclosure cases statewide has reached nearly 9,000. “This can help protect thousands of homeowners from foreclosures and neighborhoods from being impacted,” Murphy said. To qualify […]

Murphy the first governor since McGreevey to issue no clemencies in first term

By: - January 24, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy issued no pardons during his first term in office, becoming the first governor to do so since Jim McGreevey. In New Jersey, clemency powers are vested solely in the office of the governor. While the State Parole Board can investigate petitions for executive clemency and make recommendations, those recommendations are not binding, […]

Lawmakers to resume push for civilian review boards

By: - January 21, 2022

Members of the Legislative Black Caucus intend to resume a push to pass a bill enabling towns to create civilian complaint review boards, but resistance from police unions over the boards’ potential subpoena powers could see it stall once more. The measure, sponsored by Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) in the lower chamber, has yet to […]

Murphy’s second term begins with promise of fiscal responsibility

By: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy was sworn into a second term Tuesday after becoming the first New Jersey Democrat in more than 40 years to win re-election as governor. The governor’s swearing in, conducted by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, follows Murphy’s narrower-than expected win over Republican gubernatorial challenger Jack Ciattarelli in November. Murphy’s […]

Judiciary weighs shielding old eviction documents

By: - January 18, 2022

The New Jersey Supreme Court is asking for written comment on a proposed rules change that would prevent the release of old eviction documents, a bid to avoid continually impacting once-troubled renters. The proposed rule would block the disclosure of documents in cases more than seven years old where a judgment for possession was issued. […]

Supreme Court panel pulls opinion that barred discipline for race-based jury challenges

By: - January 14, 2022

A New Jersey Supreme Court advisory panel has withdrawn a 24-year-old opinion that allowed attorneys to challenge jurors on the basis of their race during jury selection. The Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, an 18-member body appointed by the Supreme Court, found the 1998 opinion directly conflicts with provisions of the rules of professional conduct […]

After promising national search, Murphy wants to promote acting corrections commissioner

By: - January 14, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy nominated acting Corrections Commissioner Victoria Kuhn to permanently head the Department of Corrections Thursday. Kuhn, who was chief of staff to former Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks, has held the position an acting basis since Hicks resigned in June over severe inmate beatings at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the state’s only women’s […]