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Cory Booker to use food stamps after Twitter spat

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NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

However you might feel about him, Cory Booker, Newark mayor and potential Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, is not like every other town mayor.

Booker, a frequent user of Twitter, posted a quote there from Greek historian Pluartch on Sunday, saying, “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” He tweeted further that investing in nutrition and schools would be the way to save and create wealth.

TODAY News reported that Booker was answered by someone who goes by the Twitter name TwitWit who describes herself as "an Army veteran, army daughter, army wife” and “Daughter of the American Revolution.”

She wrote that the parents are responsible for sending their kids to school “nutritionally ready,” while Booker responded that the responsibility should be shared.

Booker then offered a challenge, according to POLITICO. He tweeted, “Let's 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 accepted, and Mediaite reported that the two received an offer for a referee from the University of Bridgeport. The university is holding a “UB SNAP Food Challenge” from Dec. 2 through 9.

According to the SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) Challenge Facebook page, rules state that participants can spend $35 on food and beverages during the week, or $5 a day, or $1.66 each meal. All spending must be accounted for in the Challenge budget, and participants should only eat foods purchased specifically for the week. Accepting free food is not permitted.

USA Today reports that New Jersey residents who qualify for food stamps receive an average of $133.26 each month, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department.

 

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