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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.

In Newark, Obama urges voters to stick with Murphy

By: - October 23, 2021

Former President Barack Obama joined Gov. Phil Murphy and a bevy of Essex County elected officials in Newark Saturday to urge Democrats to avoid the apathy that they blame for Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency. Obama praised the polices — including a $15 minimum wage, a millionaire’s tax, and funding for Planned Parenthood, among […]

Scrutiny over Malinowski stock trades to continue after ethics panel votes to extend investigation

By: - October 22, 2021

A House ethics panel on Thursday extended its investigation into late stock trade disclosures filed by Rep. Tom Malinowksi (D-07). Despite reminders from staff, Malinowski failed to comply with disclosure deadlines for hundreds of stock transactions made by the congressman’s broker between January 2019 and March 2021, when Business Insider first reported the tardiness of […]

Ciattarelli looks to shore up Lakewood after Murphy wins key endorsement

By: - October 22, 2021

Jack Ciattarelli’s political future could rest on Lakewood. On Thursday, the Republican candidate for governor returned to the state’s fastest growing municipality — one that, by all accounts, overwhelmingly favors GOP officeholders — for a series of events that included visits to the police department, small businesses, and a synagogue, among others. “Very much like […]

Groups blanket two legislative districts with millions in outside funds

By: - October 21, 2021

Outside groups have blanketed New Jersey’s two most competitive legislative races with millions in spending on television ads and mailers this fall, and two groups that have often found themselves opposed to one another appear to have split up the load. American Democratic Majority, a super PAC with ties to Democratic South Jersey power broker […]

Most counties have fewer early voting sites than N.J. will pay for

By: - October 20, 2021

Early voting is coming to New Jersey, but for now, most counties are just dipping their toes in the water. Despite the state promising to reimburse counties for the costs of early polling sites, 15 of New Jersey’s 21 counties are planning to open fewer early polling places than the state is willing to pay […]

Redistricting commission begins business with show of bipartisanship

By: - October 18, 2021

The New Jersey Apportionment Commission unanimously adopted bylaws and designated the Office of Legislative Services as its secretary Friday in what is expected to be a rare show of bipartisanship as it sets out to redraw legislative district lines. The 11-member panel — composed of five Democrats, five Republicans, and retired state Appellate Court Judge […]

GOP distrust of mail-in voting a no-show in this year’s races

By: - October 15, 2021

National politics put New Jersey Republicans in strange position last year. Former President Donald Trump repeatedly derided mail-in voting — which saw widespread adoption as governments looked to stem the spread of COVID-19 — and a cohort of GOP state lawmakers raised alarms over the practice, alternatively arguing residents did not trust it or urging […]

Final gubernatorial debate ends with few new details

By: - October 12, 2021

The final debate between Gov. Phil Murphy and challenger Jack Ciattarelli again drew sharp lines between the two candidates, though much about their platforms remained hazy Tuesday night. In one notable moment, Ciattarelli, a Republican, said he would codify abortion protections as governor should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 […]

Democrats have broad spending leads in competitive districts, filings show

By: - October 12, 2021

A handful of competitive legislative districts have again drawn the majority of candidates’ spending this year, and Democrats have the edge. Candidates in the 2nd District in Atlantic County, where Democratic Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo and Republican state Sen.-select Vince Polistina are vying for a vacant seat in the upper chamber, have put just over $1.2 […]

Stalled bills would cut interest on unpaid taxes

By: - October 12, 2021

A confluence of concerns about enabling residents to skip paying their taxes have kept New Jersey’s interest rate on unpaid imposts among the highest in the nation despite some lawmakers repeated and continuing efforts to bring those rates down. In New Jersey, unpaid taxes above $1,500 accrue interest at a rate of 18% per year, […]

Bail reform pays dividends as number of low-risk defendants jailed pre-trial drops again

By: - October 11, 2021

In 2014, New Jersey voters backed a constitutional amendment to allow judges to order certain criminal suspects be detained without bail and pushed the courts away from holding minor offenders awaiting trial. Since that measure went into effect in 2017, the number of individuals imprisoned on bail of $2,500 or less while awaiting trial fell […]

GOP-to-Dem flip at center of Burlington state Senate race

By: - October 8, 2021

A state senator’s former allegiance to the Republican Party lies at the center of what is expected to be one of the state’s most competitive legislative races. Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Burlington) has served in the legislature since 2008 and has been a senator since 2010, but this year’s campaign is her first as a Democrat. […]