Cory Booker to Live Off Food Stamps

Takes on week-long challenge after Twitter debate
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2012 12:46 PM CST
Cory Booker to Live Off Food Stamps
Newark Mayor Cory Booker arrives at the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakluma)

In the latest adventures of Cory Booker, the Newark mayor—who tends to be at the center of the action—is set to undergo a food-stamp challenge. After a Twitter user told him that "nutrition is not the responsibility of the government," their back-and-forth resulted in a challenge from Booker: "Lets you and I try to live on food stamps in New Jersey (high cost of living) and feed a family for a week or month. U game?"

User @MWadeNC accepted the challenge, and the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut agreed to take on referee duties. Bridgeport was already planning a similar challenge for students and staff; looks like Booker will have to abide by its rules, posted on Facebook. Among other Booker Twitter gems noted by Daily Intel: The mayor offered to call some transgendered people worried about moving to Newark; later, he offered a quote to a student who said she was "staying up all night to write a paper" about him. Click through for more. (More Cory Booker stories.)

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