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.

N.J. Supreme Court chief justice won’t fill vacancy on court

By: - February 16, 2022

New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner won’t appoint a second temporary member to the state’s highest judicial body following the retirement of Associate Justice Faustino Fernandez-Vina. Rabner’s decision leaves the court with six members until Gov. Phil Murphy nominates a replacement approved by the state Senate, which has yet to act on Murphy’s […]

Bill would revive stalled rule requiring state’s voting machines leave paper trail

By: - February 16, 2022

For more than a decade, a New Jersey law requiring the state’s counties to use voting machines that can create a paper record of every vote cast has gone unenforced because of the amount of money it would cost counties. That may soon change. A new bill — sponsored by Sens. Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex) and […]

Murphy, lawmakers unveil plan to cap certain drug prices

By: - February 15, 2022

New Jersey will move to cap prices on insulin, asthma inhalers, and devices like EpiPens in a bid to slow ever-growing drug prices, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday alongside a group of legislators. “With these efforts, we will join the growing number of states that are saying ‘enough is enough’ when it comes to rising […]

Gill joins push for nursing home deaths investigation

By: - February 14, 2022

Republicans’ long-stalled push to investigate widespread COVID-19 deaths in New Jersey nursing homes got a boost after gaining a Democratic ally. State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) has taken up prime sponsorship of a resolution that would create the New Jersey Nursing Home Pandemic Response Investigation Committee, a select Senate panel endowed with subpoena powers. “I […]

Lawmakers say bill would cut cost of prescription drugs

By: - February 11, 2022

Senate lawmakers on Thursday advanced a bill legislators claim would make some prescription drugs more affordable. The measure (S334), which was unanimously approved by the Senate Commerce Committee, would require insurance carriers to pass onto consumers the financial benefits they receive from drug price negotiators. Sen. Nellie Pou (D-Passaic), the committee’s chairwoman and one of […]

Senate hearing expected on same-day voter registration

By: - February 10, 2022

New Jersey lawmakers intend to hold a hearing on legislation that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day, but it’s still unclear when — or if — the proposal will see a committee vote. The bill is scheduled to come up for a discussion-only hearing at the Senate State Government, Wagering, and […]

Court should revisit case law allowing police to lie to suspects, justice says

By: - February 9, 2022

A New Jersey Supreme Court justice on Tuesday signaled the high court could re-examine case law that allows police interrogators to lie when questioning suspects. After concurring with the court’s unanimous decision to overturn the conviction of a woman found guilty of assaulting an infant in her care, Justice Barry Albin said the court will eventually have […]

New Jerseyans can now apply for $35K in state mortgage assistance

By: - February 9, 2022

New Jersey began accepting applications for up to $35,000 in mortgage assistance for homeowners impacted by the pandemic Tuesday. The program, announced last month, is open to homeowners who can demonstrate they experienced pandemic-related financial hardship after Jan. 20, 2020, and whose income does not exceed 150% of their area’s median income. You must own and […]

Commuter advocates warn of lingering disparities, with hurdles on horizon

By: - February 8, 2022

Lawmakers who oversee the state’s transportation systems got a clear message from advocates Monday: Our transit networks still have a long way to go. “To determine if New Jersey has achieved transit equity, one must ask a simple question of riders: Do you have the same mobility freedom as someone with access to a car?” […]

Parties unveil plans for new legislative districts

By: - February 7, 2022

Republican and Democratic delegations of the panel tasked with creating new boundaries for New Jersey’s 40 legislative districts unveiled their proposed maps Monday. The Republican proposal makes sweeping changes to districts in Central Jersey, setting up contests between multiple Democratic senators and imperiling the re-elections of one Republican lawmaker in the upper chamber and the […]

N.J. sees spike in Republicans seeking congressional seats

By: - February 7, 2022

Ian Smith became a hero in Republican circles in 2020 when he kept his Atilis Gym in Bellmawr open in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s pandemic restrictions. “We took a stand for what is right and we made a promise to ourselves and our families that, no matter how hard it got, that we would […]

Bill would create state division to study school desegregation

By: - February 4, 2022

The Senate Education Committee advanced a bill that would create a new division to study and find solutions to segregation in New Jersey’s schools Thursday. The measure, which cleared the committee in a 3-2 vote along party lines, would create a Division of School Desegregation within the Department of Education that would be tasked with […]