Cory Booker's Food Stamps Diet Dare

The Newark mayor will live on food stamps for a week.

Posted: 11/20/2012 12:10 PM EST
Cory Booker

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is one of the political world's most prolific tweeters. Now, thanks to his penchant for the social media network, he is set to participate in a post-Thanksgiving challenge to live on food stamps for a week.

It started Sunday, when Booker got into a debate about government responsibility. After tweeting the Greek quotation, "An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics," a follower accused him of wanting to redistribute wealth. Another wrote that "nutrition is not a responsibility of the government."

Booker, who noted that there's a shared responsibility to ensure that "kids go to school nutritionally ready 2 learn," issued a challenge to the second tweeter.

"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?" he tweeted.

So, now it's on. The University of Bridgeport, which is holding a food stamps challenge in December, offered, via Twitter, of course, to referee.

According to the rules it has stipulated, each person has a total budget of $35 to spend on food and beverages, which is $5 per day or $1.66 per meal. They also can't accept food from outside sources, such as family, friends and work, and cannot use food that's already in the home, excluding condiments and spices.

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