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.

Bail reform panel recommends stricter rules for repeat offenders

By: - June 9, 2023

The Joint Committee on Criminal Justice Reform found those facing charges from multiple arrests were far more likely to face rearrest pretrial.

Assembly speaker’s senior tax cut bill clears panel

By: - June 8, 2023

The proposal would offer residents ages 65 and older a tax credit equal to half of their property tax bill. Critics say it's too costly.

With primary campaign over, focus shifts to November for key legislative races

By: - June 7, 2023

Most legislative races effectively ended with Tuesday's primaries, but a handful of contests will remain competitive in November.

State revenue continues to fall short of projections, top officials say

By: - June 6, 2023

Two top administration officials said May revenue came up short, a development expected to complicate budget negotiations.

Polls open for primary election, with most candidates running unopposed

By: - June 6, 2023

Few legislative primaries are contested this year, but at least one race will seal the fate of an incumbent senator.

Another fight brewing over public health benefits

By: - June 6, 2023

Public sector unions have raised alarms over suggested changes to state health plans, warning they would raise costs for members.

Panel clears bill loosening income rules for senior freeze tax break program

By: - June 5, 2023

The bipartisan measure would allow seniors who exceed senior freeze income caps for one year to resume their benefits the following year.

Acrimony grips GOP primary in Morris County

By: - June 3, 2023

Three of the state's most conservative incumbents face challenges from a slate headlined by an ex-assemblywoman and a Morris County commissioner.

As Primary Day nears, vast majority of legislative candidates are running unopposed

By: , and - June 2, 2023

Political observers cite ballot design, low pay for lawmakers, and general happiness with party-backed candidates as reasons why there are so few competitive races.

Poll finds broad support for most new liquor license rules

By: - June 1, 2023

Gov. Phil Murphy says his plan would change an “antiquated and confusing” system and provide local business owners with the chance to boost their profits.

Judges decline to block Horizon reorganization

By: - May 31, 2023

A three-judge panel found the insurer provided proper notice to policyholders, dismissing claims that the new structure would hike premiums.

Attorney’s public defender past would offer Supreme Court new perspective, advocates say

By: - May 31, 2023

A bevy of advocates and legal practitioners said the perspective of a former public defender would be overdue on the New Jersey Supreme Court.