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New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker Is Going To Spend A Week Living On Food Stamps

Submitted by on December 3, 2012 – 11:23 amNo Comment

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has one of the toughest jobs in the state of New Jersey. And, on Tuesday, his job is about to become a whole lot tougher.

Last month, Mayor Booker accepted a challenge that a woman from North Carolina made to him on Twitter. That challenge will require Mayor Booker to spend seven days living on food stamps. So, beginning Tuesday, Mayor Booker will only be able to spend the equivalent of about $1.40 on each and every meal that he eats throughout the day. He is taking part in the challenge to show just how difficult it can be for those who have to routinely live on food stamps to survive.

Mayor Booker isn’t the first U.S. mayor to take part in a “Food Stamp Challenge.” In the past, mayors from Philadelphia, Las Vegas, and Phoenix have also participated in similar challenges. Governors from Colorado and Oregon have done it, too. But, that doesn’t mean that his challenge will go overlooked. With more than a million followers on Twitter, Mayor Booker has a very influential voice both in the state of New Jersey as well as on the national scene. So, it’ll be interesting to see what he has to say throughout the challenge. We’re sure he knows what he’s getting himself into right now. But, the challenge will certainly feature some eye-opening moments both for the Mayor and for others who follow him on Twitter.

What will Mayor Booker learn exactly? Well, that remains to be seen. But, we hope that his food stamp challenge helps him understand the impact that food stamps can have on an individual and on families. We also hope that he continues to talk about the issue of food stamps long after he is finished his challenge. The food stamp issue is always a hot topic, with many people arguing both for and against their use. But, by participating in this challenge, Mayor Booker will get to express to people exactly what it’s like to be restricted to using food stamps to sustain yourself.

Good luck, Mr. Mayor. You’re going to need it.

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