(Image source: Twitter / @CoryBooker)

BY MALLORY PERRYMAN

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A New Jersey mayor is making good on a promise to walk a week in the shoes of an American on food stamps. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is trying out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or SNAP. Here’s WGHP.


“Cory Booker was challenged by a Twitter follower from North Carolina to see if he could live off of food stamps for a week. Well in New Jersey the payout is about $133 a person for a month...”

That breaks down to around $33 a week, which is about how much Booker spent on this week’s grocery run. His receipt includes beans, corn, and an apple.

Booker says the challenge is meant to raise awareness about what it’s really like for Americans using the food assistance program.

According to Snap to Health, in 2011 nearly 46 million Americans participated in SNAP, with an average monthly benefit of about $134 a person.

76% of families using SNAP included children -- 16% went to individuals with a disability -- and 9% to seniors.

But radio host John Gambling tells WNYW -- Booker’s challenge is a stunt -- and it could be misleading.  

John Gambling:
“To suggest that you can survive on food stamps... not many people exist on exclusively food-stamp monies. They are a supplement.”

If the challenge is a publicity stunt -- it’s generating plenty of headlines.

And that’s not uncommon for Booker, according to The Daily Beast’s David Freelander.

Freelander points out Booker has been in the news for rescuing a woman from a burning home...

...taking to the streets after a snowstorm to dig out constituents...

... and opening the doors of his home to those displaced by Superstorm Sandy.

All good Samaritan acts that could drum up support for a mayor who might want to take on popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the next election.


“The thinking for why Booker would take the plunge now is that even if he were to lose against Christie, he would boost his name ID in order to run four years from now, or to run for the U.S. Senate.”

The Daily Beast reports Booker’s office has signaled he won’t run for reelection as mayor in 2014.

You can follow Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge on his Twitter page

And follow us, @newsyvideos, to keep up with today’s top stories.

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Cory Booker Starts Food Stamp Challenge

(Image source: Twitter / @CoryBooker)

BY MALLORY PERRYMAN

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

A New Jersey mayor is making good on a promise to walk a week in the shoes of an American on food stamps. Newark Mayor Cory Booker is trying out the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- or SNAP. Here’s WGHP.


“Cory Booker was challenged by a Twitter follower from North Carolina to see if he could live off of food stamps for a week. Well in New Jersey the payout is about $133 a person for a month...”

That breaks down to around $33 a week, which is about how much Booker spent on this week’s grocery run. His receipt includes beans, corn, and an apple.

Booker says the challenge is meant to raise awareness about what it’s really like for Americans using the food assistance program.

According to Snap to Health, in 2011 nearly 46 million Americans participated in SNAP, with an average monthly benefit of about $134 a person.

76% of families using SNAP included children -- 16% went to individuals with a disability -- and 9% to seniors.

But radio host John Gambling tells WNYW -- Booker’s challenge is a stunt -- and it could be misleading.  

John Gambling:
“To suggest that you can survive on food stamps... not many people exist on exclusively food-stamp monies. They are a supplement.”

If the challenge is a publicity stunt -- it’s generating plenty of headlines.

And that’s not uncommon for Booker, according to The Daily Beast’s David Freelander.

Freelander points out Booker has been in the news for rescuing a woman from a burning home...

...taking to the streets after a snowstorm to dig out constituents...

... and opening the doors of his home to those displaced by Superstorm Sandy.

All good Samaritan acts that could drum up support for a mayor who might want to take on popular New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the next election.


“The thinking for why Booker would take the plunge now is that even if he were to lose against Christie, he would boost his name ID in order to run four years from now, or to run for the U.S. Senate.”

The Daily Beast reports Booker’s office has signaled he won’t run for reelection as mayor in 2014.

You can follow Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge on his Twitter page

And follow us, @newsyvideos, to keep up with today’s top stories.

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