(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is preparing to spend one week in the shoes of a food stamp recipient — and he’s bringing one of his critics on Twitter along for the ride. It all started with a bit of Greek wisdom, dispatched Sunday through the Internet.

 

The Democratic New Jersey mayor Tweeted out:

 

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics”

 

It drew plenty of responses, but it was one from a user under the name TwitWit — a self-described Daughter of the American Revolution and Army wife — that Booker chose to address.

 

She said “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government”

 

Fast forward a few zingers later, and Booker posed the challenge.

 

“Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey and feed a family for a week or month. U game?”

 

— an offer TwitWit duly accepted.

 

Booker has a reputation for colorful behavior. Although his city is only the 68th most populous in the U.S., Booker makes a lot of national headlines —

 

— like this one from April, when he ran into a burning building and carried out a constituent.

 

The whole idea of a Twitter challenge to live off food stamps is a bit odd for a typical politician, but it’s actually not all that original.

 

In September, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton lived off food stamps for a week — giving Booker a little preview of what he might experience.

 

STANTON: “I lost a few pounds this week, so that gives you an example. I’m probably down about four pounds.”

“He bought chicken, pasta and Ramen noodles. With a final bill of $28.30, he says he was barely able to meet his nutritional needs.”

 

As for Booker’s challenge, USA Today reports there’s already a referee lined up. 

 

The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut is hosting a “live off food stamps for a week” challenge in early December, and a spokesman for Booker says the mayor’s all in.

 

The rules of that contest mean Booker and his Twitter-found challenger will live off $35 for the week, or $5 each day, for food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average New Jersey food stamps recipient receives $133 each month.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker To Live off Food Stamps for a Week

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Nov 20, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker To Live off Food Stamps for a Week

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is preparing to spend one week in the shoes of a food stamp recipient — and he’s bringing one of his critics on Twitter along for the ride. It all started with a bit of Greek wisdom, dispatched Sunday through the Internet.

 

The Democratic New Jersey mayor Tweeted out:

 

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics”

 

It drew plenty of responses, but it was one from a user under the name TwitWit — a self-described Daughter of the American Revolution and Army wife — that Booker chose to address.

 

She said “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government”

 

Fast forward a few zingers later, and Booker posed the challenge.

 

“Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey and feed a family for a week or month. U game?”

 

— an offer TwitWit duly accepted.

 

Booker has a reputation for colorful behavior. Although his city is only the 68th most populous in the U.S., Booker makes a lot of national headlines —

 

— like this one from April, when he ran into a burning building and carried out a constituent.

 

The whole idea of a Twitter challenge to live off food stamps is a bit odd for a typical politician, but it’s actually not all that original.

 

In September, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton lived off food stamps for a week — giving Booker a little preview of what he might experience.

 

STANTON: “I lost a few pounds this week, so that gives you an example. I’m probably down about four pounds.”

“He bought chicken, pasta and Ramen noodles. With a final bill of $28.30, he says he was barely able to meet his nutritional needs.”

 

As for Booker’s challenge, USA Today reports there’s already a referee lined up. 

 

The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut is hosting a “live off food stamps for a week” challenge in early December, and a spokesman for Booker says the mayor’s all in.

 

The rules of that contest mean Booker and his Twitter-found challenger will live off $35 for the week, or $5 each day, for food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average New Jersey food stamps recipient receives $133 each month.

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