Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker is about to go on food stamps for one month just to prove a point to one of his Twitter followers, who will join him in the challenge with the belief that no family should be “too poor to afford breakfast” if they are receiving government assistance.

Mayor Booker is well known for tweeting out inspirational quotes or little nuggets of wisdom throughout the day – but one in particular on Sunday didn’t sit well with a follower who’s a self-described “Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), fighting against any and all forms of socialism/communism.”

The quote tweeted by Booker,  “‘An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics” Plutarch ancient Greek historian (c. 46 – 120 CE),” sparked the following exchange:

"@CoryBooker why is there a family today that is "too poor to afford breakfast"? are they not already receiving food stamps?"

Booker replied:

" 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?"

The two agreed to the challenge, when a referee offer quickly surfaced from the University of Bridgeport, which is calling it the “UB SNAP Food Challenge,” to be held during the first week of December.

"@CoryBooker @mwadenc UB is doing food stamp challenge 12/2-9. We can send you our rules & we'll referee."

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9 thoughts on “Mayor Cory Booker to Live on Food Stamps for a Month

  1. Najamee on said:

    It’s not possible. You must going to be at the food banks the rest of the month. I was a single mom. My Grandfather and Grandmother, my mentors that took their cash and did not depended on government so called help, with a hand out budget to feed any family for a week. I would have been at the food bank after a week. Thank God for my mentors, that stretched a dollar. In this America we have #, children that are in poverty – poor from receiving food stamps.

  2. nubianbtrfly on said:

    I completely agree with you! The system is designed to help folks get on their feet yet we have people sitting on foodstamps their entire life. Folks who are just too damn lazy to get up and work. Complaining about the economy yet are doing nothing but continuing to take away from it. They receive so much foodstamps that they sell what they don’t need to pay for other household expenses or whatever they need. Think about the family that is working hard everyday but still struggling with the cost of food and just basic living. Those are the one’s who need foodstamps to help get on their feet for a few month. JMO..

  3. kikki1122 on said:

    Just think if the food stamp program was reviewed how many people that really need it could eat, too many abusing the system , go to Walmart on any store
    on food stamp day see them being sold via debit card,,,

  4. kikki1122 on said:

    just think if the food stamp program was reviewed how many people that really need it could eat, too many abusing the system , go to walmart on any store
    on food stamp day see them being sold via debit card,,,

  5. I love Cory Booker and how he handles himself, communicates and seems to be in touch with his community. I wish we had that where I am.. I hope people who live by and depend on food stamps every day don’t find this offensive. I think its a positive thing. With all of the money candidates spent on getting elected, just think if they somehow were required to donate a certain percentage to their local community. WIth the millions of dollars they raise for campaigns, people shouldn’t go hungry!!! Politcians raise money to save to get elected. What about fund raise for the community you serve. Don’t take a dime of it, but pass it on to people and organizations that really need help. THAT’S probably too much to ask huhh???

  6. I hear you. Thats why I mentioned that some might find it offensive. Yes, he is the mayor so he can go back to his good lifestyle whereas most people can’t. Some poor people may take offense to that. I think its a good idea in that he is putting himself out there like that. Most Mayors would NOT do that. Maybe this whole thing should be tweaked to get a clear message across. I think the overall message and his intentions are real and not for publicity. If he could turn this into some sort of fund raiser for the homeless and poor or it calls mroe attention to the situation where more is done, then its worth it. We’ll see how this turns out.

  7. chaquille on said:

    I think it is a good idea because then rich folks would see that the amount of stamps that a family receives is just not enough to live on for one month….That might help with the SNAP programs….I work part time in a supermarket and I thank God every other day that I don’t have kids to feed in this day and time….A gallon of milk is $5.00, a box of cereal is $4.00…..I think this is going to be a good idea…..I love Cory Booker….I think he is an excellent Mayor and I don’t live in his State….

  8. Just want to be free of pain on said:

    This may seem like a great idea but its NOT,,,in order for this to work Cory Booker would have to have been homeless with no assets and no other means of surport.To understand the problem with being on food stamps it should be a 30 day program with all the pit falls that go with it,To me this is just playing with house money………………………………………WHATS THE POINT !!!!!!!!!!!!

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