Newark Mayor to Eat on $4 a Day

by InvestorPlace Staff | December 3, 2012 7:35 pm

[1]Newark Mayor Cory Booker has risen to the challenge levied by one of his Twitter followers: live off of food stamps for one week[2].

Starting tomorrow, Cory Booker will only be eating food that he purchased Saturday using the monetary equivalent of a week’s worth of food stamps: $27.98. The follower issuing the challenge is also taking part in it as well, and began yesterday.

Booker, who is vegetarian, tweeted a picture of his receipt from his shopping trip. Items on his grocery list including pink and black beans, corn, and apples.

Interestingly enough, Booker is facing criticism from the Twitter user who suggested the challenge. According to @MWadeNC[3], Booker did not talk to her before deciding on the dates[4] to do the challenge. Still, she said that she would participate in the challenge for at least one week, and possibly two.

In fiscal year 2011, the average food stamp benefit in New Jersey was $133.26 a month. Booker makes $13,400 a month as mayor.

Several politicians have taken on food stamp challenges recently. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., did the food stamp challenge in April. The mayors of Phoenix and Las Vegas, the former governor of Oregon, and current Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper have also tried it in recent years.

— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor

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