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.

Budget would give Governor Murphy control over more federal aid spending

By: - June 29, 2022

Gov. Phil Murphy this year pushed to eliminate legislative control over federal spending, leading to objections from Democratic lawmakers.

Progressive, labor groups urge Democratic leaders to abandon campaign finance bill

By: - June 28, 2022

The bill, sponsored by Senate President Nicholas Scutari, would remove checks on corruption and government spending, critics say in a letter.

Lawmakers advance $50.6 billion budget, setting up final vote

By: - June 27, 2022

The largest spending proposal in state history includes $2 billion in broad-based tax relief, plus billions to address debt.

Campaign finance reform bill would double donor limits

By: - June 23, 2022

The bill is intended to lessen the influence of so-called dark money groups and increase transparency in campaign finance reporting.

Man gets new trial after Supreme Court finds he confessed during unlawful interrogation

By: - June 23, 2022

The justices ruled detectives unlawfully continued to question a man accused of killing his wife after he inquired about obtaining an attorney.

Democratic leaders support sales tax holiday on back-to-school items

By: - June 22, 2022

Lawmakers say they want residents to save on school supplies, sports equipment, and computers bought during a 10-day period beginning in late August.

N.J. bar association weighs lawsuit to fill judicial vacancies

By: - June 22, 2022

Civil rights, whistleblower, product liability, and environmental matters have been indefinitely postponed in some counties because of judicial vacancies.

Senate will meet in summer to confirm judges as vacancies remain stubbornly high

By: - June 20, 2022

Sen. Brian Stack said the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet at least once during the Legislature's customary summer recess.

Conservative group sues N.J. over voter registration records

By: - June 20, 2022

A conservative group is seeking to force New Jersey’s secretary of state to release information about how her office maintains its voter rolls. In a federal suit lodged last month, the Public Interest Legal Foundation sued Secretary of State Tahesha Way, alleging her department violated federal law when it denied the organization’s Open Public Records […]

Assembly panel will weigh most of Murphy’s gun control package

By: - June 17, 2022

An Assembly panel will weigh most bills included in Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest gun control package next week, but it’s still not clear when — or if — those measures will be heard in the Senate. The Assembly Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is scheduled to consider five of the bills the governor first announced in April 2021. […]

Senate clears bill enacting stricter bail rules for some gun offenses

By: - June 16, 2022

The bill would permit court officials to detain more people suspected of committing gun crimes before trial.

Sentencing guideline for young offenders not retroactive, N.J. Supreme Court rules

By: - June 16, 2022

A 2020 law allowing judges to reduce the criminal sentences of defendants under the age of 26 does not apply to those sentenced before its enactment, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The high court rejected an appeal from Rahee Lane, who asked the court to retroactively apply the rule intended to cut short […]