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.

Governor Murphy signs bill allowing retired teachers to return to classrooms, keep pensions

By: - July 20, 2023

New Jersey’s shortage of teachers is long-standing and has historically been most severe in special education, science, and instruction for non-native English speakers.

Moderate Party asks Supreme Court to hear fusion voting case

By: - July 20, 2023

The Supreme Court should intervene so the case can be resolved before the 2024 elections, fusion voting supporters say.

No fare hikes in NJ Transit’s $2.9B budget, but fiscal cliff still looms

By: - July 20, 2023

Officials have signaled they would consider fare hikes and service cuts to make up for staggering shortfalls expected in the coming years.

New Jersey panel wants clarity on mandatory minimums directive

By: - July 18, 2023

The Law Revision Commission is set to recommend language that makes clear those already convicted can seek to end their parole ineligibility.

Governor Murphy announces rule requiring electric car sales

By: - July 17, 2023

The rule mirrors regulations adopted in California and would require electric vehicles to account for a growing share of car manufacturers' sales, reaching 100% in 2035.

Governor Murphy signs bill creating maternal health authority

By: - July 17, 2023

A new agency and health center will offer job training and fund research to reduce birthing deaths, and aims to cut sharp racial disparities.

N.J. man has enough evidence to show polygraph exam was falsified, court says

By: - July 13, 2023

Recklessness with regard to truth is sufficient to meet the legal bar needed for evidence fabrication, U.S. Appeals Court rules.

Governor, first lady unveil plans to tackle youth mental health, maternal mortality

By: - July 13, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy revealed plans to address the issues nationwide during a conference of governors Thursday.

Judges decline to require that minors consult lawyer before waiving Miranda rights

By: - July 12, 2023

The three-judge panel's ruling comes in a case involving a 16-year-old facing a possible murder charge.

New Jersey energy regulator punts vote on building electrification plan

By: - July 12, 2023

Critics say the Board of Public Utilities has no authority to implement a statewide building electrification plan.

New racial justice group gives New Jersey lawmakers middling marks

By: - July 12, 2023

A new advocacy group grading lawmakers on their support of legislation it supports gave just 8% of the Legislature’s 120 members an A.

Governor Murphy signs laws aimed at lowering cost of prescription drugs

By: - July 10, 2023

Greater scrutiny and new reporting requirements are coming for drug sales and certain middlemen in the pharmaceutical supply chain.