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

(Newser) – 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.

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Nov 21, 2012 9:27 AM CST
The history books will one day record Governor Cory Booker, then President Cory Booker. Seriously. And not just because of this, but because of this wildly enthusiastic man's desire and ability to work his @ss off for just about the most crime-infested, most-povertized, lowest-tax-revenue-receiving city in the nation, day in, day out, year after year. He does so much with so little cash; the city KNOWS this man cares.
Nov 20, 2012 11:36 PM CST
I'm sure that Booker doesn't meet the income requirements.... But what the hell go ahead and game the system... Sounds like a gaudy publicity stunt....
Nov 20, 2012 10:36 PM CST
newser used to be kinda middle of the road. Oh how the time they have changed... last comment was from Jaktuvisi. You ate like royalty only eating the basics like meats, whole vegetables (opposite of half veggies i guess), and some selcet canned good and dairy. Royalty? royalty. sweet jesus i think i just farted a liberal rainbow.