Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a noted rising star in the Democratic Party, may soon be living on food stamps.
Booker has not fallen on hard times but, rather, has taken on a challenge to experience life enrolled into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp program.
The mayor — who interacts frequently with his Twitter followers — challenged one of his followers, @MWadeNC, to join him in the challenge of living on food stamps, after the tweeter, who bills herself as an “Army Veteran, Army Daughter, Army Wife … fighting against any and all forms of socialism/communism,” criticized Booker for quoting the Greek historian Plutarch on Sunday.
According to reports, the mayor will adhere to rules dictated by University of Bridgeport — which has scheduled there own food stamp challenge this December. The challenge does not require the parties to enroll in SNAP, but instead budget $35 a week for food and drink. Participants are also not allowed to accept help from friends or family, or eat what is already in their homes.