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.

State human services chief unconcerned about pandemic aid drying up

By: - April 20, 2023

Human Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman also touted the success of New Jersey's Medicaid program, citing gains in pediatric coverage.

Nine months later, fusion voting case trudges on

By: - April 20, 2023

The state and New Jersey Republicans have asked for the case to be thrown out. Fusion voting supporters say delays risk limiting voter choice for another year.

Courts official renews call for more judges

By: - April 18, 2023

Courts' administrative director says 22 more retirements — enough to wipe out 11 months of confirmations — are expected by year's end.

Survey finds deluge of mental health issues among state’s lawyers

By: - April 17, 2023

Half of the state's attorneys feel burnt out and isolated, while one in 10 told surveyors they had considered suicide.

State has spent just $1.1B in federal pandemic aid after nearly two years, auditor says

By: - April 13, 2023

The state auditor found roughly $5.1 billion in American Rescue Plan dollars remain unspent as inflation eats away at their value.

Little support for striking public workers in state law

By: - April 13, 2023

Decades of case law that predates the state's 1947 constitution bars public worker strikes like the one started by Rutgers faculty Monday.

Advocates see few upsides to recent pay-to-play overhaul

By: - April 10, 2023

Good government advocates warn changes to the state's pay-to-play laws under the Elections Transparency Act will enable corruption.

New Jersey teacher shortage persists, but severity unclear

By: - April 7, 2023

Tuition assistance, work-life balance improvements, and residency requirement waivers are recommended as the state struggles to find educators.

Liquor license bill to get revamp after chilly reception from legislators

By: - April 6, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy has pushed a revamp of New Jersey's liquor license laws that would allow more restaurants to serve alcohol.

Governor’s liquor license plan lacks legislative support, top Dem says

By: - April 4, 2023

Sen. Paul Sarlo said Gov. Murphy's effort to overhaul the state's liquor rules has few friends in the Legislature.

Lawmakers say bill would lower state health care costs

By: - April 4, 2023

Lawmakers eye changes after mammoth premium hikes on state health plans approved last year.

Governor Murphy signs controversial campaign finance overhaul into law

By: - April 3, 2023

The new law sharply raises limits on political donations while weakening New Jersey's campaign finance watchdog.