Newark Mayor Cory Booker to live on food stamps
The mayor of the people dares a testy Twitter follower to join him in the challenge.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM
The politician we love to love, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, continues to charm with his engaging and energetic — if not completely irreverent — style of governing. We last saw him eschewing sleep to save his city from Hurricane Sandy. He turned his home into a temporary crash pad for neighbors who had no electricity, and then he managed to finagle free Hot Pockets for his constituents who were in need of a frozen fast-food fix.
And now the good mayor is setting out to try life on food stamps.
The Twitter-obsessed Booker tweeted that investing in schools and nutrition would save money in the long run, instead of paying only for “huge back-end” government programs. But when Twitter follower, TwitWit — a self-described “Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), fighting against any and all forms of socialism/communism” – responded that “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government,” Booker, true to form, had to engage.
After a bit of back and forth about the topic of nutrition, the mayor challenged TwitWit to experience what people on food stamps are going through. “We have a shared responsibility that kids go to school nutritionally ready 2 learn,” Booker tweeted. “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?”
TwitWit agreed, and we happily await the mayoral tweets that will undoubtedly recount the experience, and turn it into a simple yet profound lesson for all who follow. (You can follow too, @corybooker.)
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