“America’s Mayor” Corey Booker of Newark, New Jersey is once again making headlines for being a man of the people. After a Twitter user challenged Booker on the government’s role in feeding the poor, Booker offered up his own challenge: Live on food stamps and see how “easy” the poor have it. Booker and his Twitter rival will both subsist on food stamps for a week. More, from NY Mag:
Connecticut's University of Bridgeport, which happens to be holding a "UB SNAP Food Challenge" in December, offered to referee, so it looks like the contest is on. The rules stipulate that participants must, "Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including at receptions, briefings, or other events where food is served."
Booker is my favorite politician in the country because he puts his money where his mouth is. Some people get into politics because they’ve been successful in business and they want another challenge, and some people get into politics because they actually want to help. Booker saved a woman from a burning building, he invited strangers to stay at his house during Hurricane Sandy, and now he’s going to live off food stamps to better understand the plight of the poor. You think most politicians would do that? Mitt Romney’s idea of relating to the poor is to wear clothes from Banana Republic.