Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D) challenged a right-wing Twitter user on Sunday to try to live on food stamps for a week or a month, reports Politico.com.
The Twitter user goes by the handle of @MWadeNC and describes herself as a “Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR), fighting against any and all forms of socialism/communism.. Army Veteran, Army Daughter, Army Wife.”
The challenge came after Mayor Booker quoted the Greek historian Plutarch on Twitter.com: “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”
Mayor Booker then explained how public investment in education and nutrition would save money on police and prisons.
@MWadeNC then tweeted: ”Nutrition is not a responsibility of the government.”
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Booker responded: “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?”
Booker replied: “Lets do this. I hope you live in New Jersey. Lets film it and see how we do.”
If the challenge occurs, each participant could only spend $35 on food and drinks per week and would have to avoid loopholes such as free food from friends.
The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, which is organizing a similar challenge for its students, agreed to serve as a moderator.