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 aim to provide services to defendants before trial

By: - February 10, 2023

Pretrial services would be provided by the New Jersey Reentry Corp., a nonprofit headed by former Gov. Jim McGreevey.

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Program pairing police, mental health screeners to expand to 10 counties

By: - February 8, 2023

Officials lauded the program, noting drastic declines in uses of force during mental health calls and promising more funding in the next budget.

Courts suspend civil, divorce trials in six counties amid stunning judicial vacancies

By: - February 7, 2023

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner is urging legislators and Gov. Phil Murphy to take action on judicial vacancies.

Governor Murphy vetoes nonprofit loan guarantee bill backed by top Democrats

By: - February 7, 2023

The bill was intended to make it easier for nonprofits to secure loans to pay for new physical spaces.

Governor Murphy signs temporary worker protections into law

By: - February 6, 2023

New safeguards for temp workers include wage protections, scheduling requirements, and a ban on transportation fees.

Legislative retirements up over recent years with weeks left until filing deadline

By: - February 6, 2023

Twelve lawmakers have announced they won't return to the Legislature after this year's elections — and more could join them.

Bipartisan bill increasing SNAP benefits lands on Governor Murphy’s desk

By: - February 3, 2023

New Jersey lawmakers moved to raise the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits months before the federal government is preparing to take away a pandemic-related monthly SNAP benefit bonus

State awards $38M for lead paint remediation in 20 counties

By: - February 1, 2023

The investments are the latest in a series meant to combat the effects of lead exposure on children and remove elements of the toxic metal that have lingered in aging New Jersey homes

Enrollment in health care marketplace up ahead of Jan. 31 enrollment deadline

By: - January 30, 2023

Enrollment in marketplace-based health care plans is up nationwide and in New Jersey as officials prepare to move hundreds of thousands off Medicaid

Federal judge asked to block more of N.J.’s new gun law

By: - January 27, 2023

Gun rights advocates argued in federal court Thursday for new limits on a New Jersey gun law, parts of which a judge has already blocked.

Years of late tax payments cost Mercer County taxpayers millions, comptroller says

By: - January 25, 2023

State watchdog points to mismanagement by and lackluster oversight of Mercer County CFO David Miller, who was suspended in August.

State launches investigation into Monmouth County voting irregularities

By: - January 24, 2023

A voting tabulation error in six Monmouth County voting districts appears to have changed the results of an Ocean Township school board.