Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov is an award-winning reporter who covers state government and politics for the New Jersey Monitor, with a focus on fiscal issues and voting. He has reported from the capitol since 2018 and joined the Monitor at its launch in 2021. The Rutgers University graduate previously covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. Before then he covered local government in New Brunswick as a freelancer for the Home News Tribune. You can reach him at [email protected].

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Mediation ends for NJ Transit and train engineers, clearing path to strike in months

By: - June 25, 2024

Locomotive engineers union could strike as soon as July 25, but a job action will likely be delayed for several more months.

Federal appeals court upholds subpoena for gunmaker’s ads

By: - June 25, 2024

Panel finds the gunmaker's claims were barred by a doctrine that prohibits reconsideration of identical issues decided by another court.

Radio host Bill Spadea attacks ‘extralegal’ push to review campaign benefit of his show

By: - June 25, 2024

Radio host and gubernatorial hopeful Bill Spadea calls the Election Law Enforcement Commission's planned review of whether his show provides a campaign benefit “extraordinary and extralegal.”

Initial votes on new state budget could come Wednesday, top Democrat says

By: - June 24, 2024

Sen. Paul Sarlo confirmed a budget deal on a new business tax, but timing will be tight if lawmakers are to avert a government shutdown.

Renewed suspensions, delays, and finger-pointing cap rocky week for transit

By: - June 21, 2024

Train service into New York City was suspended for the third time this week Friday amid mounting heat and persistent technical problems.

New directive limits — but doesn’t end — police use of baby blood samples

By: - June 20, 2024

Under the new rules, law enforcement would in most circumstances require court-issued subpoenas or warrants to obtain newborn blood spots.

Gov. Murphy order launches expansive clemency program

By: - June 19, 2024

A new board will adjudicate applications for clemency, expediting applications from those who long ago completed their sentences.

Inside the ‘wild’ charges against Dem power broker George Norcross

By: - June 18, 2024

Prosecutors say George Norcross conspired with allies to leverage their control of Camden County to steer redevelopment work to preferred investors.

State pitches $100M plan to develop NJ Transit properties

By: - June 14, 2024

The plan would generate real-estate development near train stations and boost revenue for NJ Transit, officials say.

Tax hikes would ease deficits, but budget surplus still at risk, group warns

By: - June 13, 2024

New taxes would keep New Jersey's surplus alive a bit longer, but the state will still spend billions more than it collects in coming years, a fiscal group warns.

Judges OK warrantless searches of locked glove boxes

By: - June 12, 2024

Containers in a vehicle's interior do not enjoy greater protections from warrantless searches, even if they are locked, judges ruled Wednesday.

Facing hefty fines, companies ask judge to declare Daniel’s Law unconstitutional

By: - June 12, 2024

The businesses argue Daniel's Law is unconstitutionally vague, impermissibly restrictive, and unsuccessful in guarding officials' addresses.