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.

Business groups, progressives name divergent budget priorities

By: - March 30, 2022

Business and progressive groups presented Senate lawmakers with divergent views on how to use surging revenues and billions in remaining federal aid at the first of the chamber’s annual budget hearings Tuesday. Representatives from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the Chambers of Commerce of New Jersey and Southern New Jersey praised Gov. […]

Same-day voter registration bill back in limbo

By: - March 29, 2022

A proposal to allow New Jerseyans to register to vote and cast ballots on Election Day is back in legislative limbo because of opposition from the state’s most powerful legislator. Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) came out against the proposal last week, voicing concerns about its impact on campaigns, already strained election workers, and public […]

Bill would require election officials to post uncounted ballot totals

By: - March 29, 2022

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin wants election officials to let the public know how many ballots they’ve yet to count. A bill introduced by the Middlesex County Democrat Thursday would require county election boards to coordinate with county clerks to post online the number of ballots received, along with the number they’ve counted and the number […]

GOP senators want to know if N.J. workers are picking up their phones

By: - March 28, 2022

A pair of Republican senators want a new method of oversight for state offices: cold calls. Sens. Jon Bramnick (R-Union) and Tony Bucco (R-Morris) on Thursday introduced a bill that would create the State Office of the Consumer to measure the availability of live-person assistance at state agencies, local governments, and regulated industries, like insurance […]

Governor Murphy signs bill offering new utility shutoff protections

By: - March 26, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Friday that extends utility shutoff protections for New Jerseyans who seek utility assistance from the state. The plan, sponsored in the Legislature by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) and Sen. Brian Stack (D-Hudson), applies to New Jerseyans who apply for aid through the Department of Community Affairs or other state program, […]

Anti-bribery bill heads to Governor Murphy’s desk

By: - March 24, 2022

Both chambers of the Legislature unanimously approved a bill Thursday extending the state’s bribery statute to candidates for public office and officials-elect, with supporters saying it will ensure no one is permitted to abuse public office for personal gain. The measure was initially proposed after a bribery case against ex-Assemblyman Lou Manzo fell apart because […]

U.S. Supreme Court blocks New Jersey’s exit from Waterfront Commission

By: - March 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily barred New Jersey from unilaterally exiting a bistate compact with New York, ensuring the Garden State will remain part of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor for now. New Jersey had planned to withdraw on March 28 from the commission, a 69-year-old agency with law enforcement powers […]

Advocates warn lawmakers of staffing crises across multiple sectors

By: - March 24, 2022

Advocates urged members of the Assembly Budget Committee to devote resources to address staff shortages across multiple sectors Wednesday during a second round of budget hearings. The warnings of a winnowed workforce extended to schools, child care centers, and health care facilities, and in each case, advocates said the pandemic exacerbated long-standing staffing problems. “For […]

N.Y., N.J. in legal fight over port watchdog’s fate

By: - March 23, 2022

New York and New Jersey are engaged in a legal battle over the Garden State’s attempt to pull out of a bistate law enforcement agency that oversees the Port of New York and New Jersey. New York has sued to stop Gov. Phil Murphy’s March 28 withdrawal from the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, […]

Remaining COVID restrictions in Statehouse are lifted

By: - March 22, 2022

A panel tasked with managing New Jersey’s capitol has approved the sunset of the final COVID-19 restrictions in place at the Statehouse. The State Capitol Joint Management Commission unanimously voted on a resolution Tuesday that ends a loosely enforced mask mandate and lifts occupancy restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the virus. “We think […]

N.J. Senate president opposes pump-your-own-gas bill

By: - March 21, 2022

A push to allow New Jerseyans to pump their own gas may be dead in the water amid a lack of support from the state’s most powerful legislator. Senate President Nicholas Scutari told the New Jersey Monitor in a statement he does not support a recently introduced bill that would allow for self-service gas pumps. […]

Appellate court to decide whether candidates are subject to bribery law

By: - March 21, 2022

The question of whether a private citizen seeking political office in New Jersey can legally accept a bribe is now in the hands of a three-judge appellant panel, which heard arguments Monday in the case of ex-Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell. Prosecutors say O’Donnell, who unsuccessfully campaigned to become Bayonne’s mayor in 2018, accepted $10,000 in a […]