Cory Booker is widely regarded as one of the more honest and honorable politicians. The mayor of Newark, New Jersey is regularly praised by the press for going above and beyond in his commitment to serve the community he governs. This year alone, Booker was lauded for rescuing neighbors from a burning building and inviting Hurricane Sandy victims into his home.

The mayor is in the news again for pledging to live on food stamps as part of a Twitter challenge. Booker went back and forth with a Twitter user, @MWadeNC, about what the government’s role should be in providing nutritious diets:

He also tweeted:

“We pay 4 HUGE back end govt programs: prisons, police, etc. If we invested in Schools, nutrition, etc we’d save $ & create wealth.”

Booker then challenged the user to a week of food stamps:

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? @MWadeNC

Booker informed his followers today that he is participating in the challenge and documenting it on Waywire. While his supporters feel it’s a great way to bring awareness to hunger and nutrition issues, others see it as a publicity stunt and a cry for more positive attention from the press.

What are your thoughts, Clutchettes? Will Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge truly spread awareness and make an impact?

  • EST. 1986

    The difference is that most people who live on food stamps do not know the other side of life.

    I feel that the only true way one can understand is to have to actually start from the bottom.

  • Candigirl

    Of course, Cory Booker is not going to truly “know” what it is like to live on food stamps. But, if he can raise awareness on just how tough it is, that is a positive. And, if he can encourage others to get a better understanding of how difficult it can be to feed a family if you are poor, then it might help re-frame our discussion about poverty and how to combat it.
    Given that a Fox News personality recently joked that living on food stamps would be great because that way she could lose a few pounds highlights the lack of real serious there is around this topic and the need for someone to bring better awareness and sympathy to the discussions surrounding poverty and hunger.

  • victoria

    I havent lived in the US for quite some time. I visited last year and found the price of food ridiculously high. EVERYTHING has gone up considerably. But I do believe people need to find ways to eat more nutritious meals. Doing simple things like eliminating fast food, chips, soda and kool aid (drink more water): eat smaller portions and bake foods instead of frying can make a world of difference and save on the grocery bill.

    Will this experiment make a difference? If the goal is to prove that it is possible to eat nutriously off of food stamps. Yes, it is possible. But you have to be a coupon yeilding, weekly circular nut who has time to go from store to store taking advantage of the discounts.

  • paul

    barack obama 2.0

    now that BO is about to be discarded, I guess they have to start grooming another presidential (half) black hope.

    Oh well at least this guy’s corporate connections are well documented and easier to demonstrate than was the case with BO, who came outta nowhere and got elected president.

    Plus the novelty of a first black president has worn off, so hopefully we’ll treat this guy as just another venal, on the make politician –

    and therefore NOT be persuaded to support/vote for people like this by cheap publicity stunts and propaganda of this kind.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    booker is beginning to annoy me..

  • Val

    There is a difference between choosing to live using food stamps for a couple of weeks or month knowing you can step away at anytime and being forced by circumstance to live using then indefinitely.

  • Pseudonym

    A politician did this last year. It doesn’t seem that his experience made much of a difference.

  • EST. 1986

    That’s what I was saying, Val.

  • Realitycheck

    GMAFB, Every damn day at the supermarket I see these welfare mothers with their carts full to the brim thanks to their government daddy. Booo hooo hooo, Instead of being grateful for charity let me complain, these moochers are lucky they are not forced on soup lines every stinking day to feed themselves and their accidents.

  • bob

    Food stamps give more than enough money for you to live on. People crying about not having enought to eat when yall get $200 a month in food stamps or more if you have kids. Stop complaining and learn how to budget. People on food stamps eating better than people that work hard and pay the taxes you get your food stamps from. They should make it that you can not buy junk food with your food stamps. Because once they get unhealthy from all that junk food guess how they going to get treated for their conditions on the tax dollars. Should be thankful you live in a country that gives you food stamps. Acting like you too good to eat rice and beans and you on food stamps, the nerve of some people.

  • justanotheropinion

    The sad thing is that it is more expensive to eat ‘healthy’ than it is to consume processed foods from the store. I truly feel for anyone having to feed a family on food stamps. The hunger is going to be larger than the amount of food stamps.

  • Courtney J.

    I don’t care if it’s publicity stunt or a circus THIS is the type of issue that needs national attention. As a born and bred Jersey girl I can attest the cost of living is outrageous compared to my collegiate state North Carolina. How are people surviving? If he ends up on every page of every mainstream media outlet with a politicians smile I do not care because it opens up the conversation.

  • Courtney J.

    I’m sure you’re not serious.

  • L. Michelle

    Any effort to draw attention/awareness to an issue is cool with me. We have plenty of negative publicity/stories floating around, why not something that could provide a different perspective on a hotly debated issue? Every little bit does make a difference or really an impression.


    But, I bet you’ve never complained about legislation been passed to protect multimillion dollar corporations? I bet you didn’t complain when corporations got TAXPAYERS BAILOUT money and shipped jobs overseas? Once, again your another blind fool with fycked up priorities. Watch some Cspan and read the content on govtrack and shut the hell up lol. You’re getting mad over trivial crap. You should be mad that the Ex Aig Ceo Bailout lawsuit was dismiss.

  • Tun Up

    I accidentally gave a thumbs up for that dumbass comment instead of a thumbs down, my bad smfh

  • Mademoiselle

    It’s kind of pointless to keep complaining about the president elect after all the votes have been counted. If you’re that disgruntled about anyone’s politics, you need to get off your ass and get as active as YOU can in your local and federal politosphere. These constant whiny comments on random unaffiliated websites won’t do anything to change the course of history. Facts + Action = Change. Anything else falls on deaf ears.

  • Mademoiselle

    This whole challenge is moot if it doesn’t lead to any welfare reform. It amounts to an online bet based on the lives of the less fortunate — reminds me of Survivor, which I can’t stand. Unless the Mayor is going to use his experience to come up with sustainable, progressive programs that better assist his constituents in getting on their feet, this experiment will only serve to make light of a broken system.

  • Mademoiselle

    Clutch: the link to Cory Booker’s twitter goes to the wrong Corey

  • Mademoiselle

    One more thing: even as an educational exercise, he misses the very real problem of welfare, which is ensuring all of your FAMILY’s needs (hunger) are sufficiently met on this budget. It’s exponentially easier to deny your single self a meal to stretch a dollar than it is to deny your kids a meal.

  • paul

    No need for the activism “pep talk” missy, I know the difference between posting a comment on a COMMENT forum on the internet and real life.

    And If they don’t want people to comment on their articles then don’t write em.


  • Ashley Howard

    Ask people in Newark what they think about Cory Booker wow…another person who believes the bs that Cory Booker feeds to the media…Did you know that Cory Booker is one of the only political officials who doesn’t attend the Day of Peace, or any of the antiviolence rallies held in Newark. Or that he is rarely in the parts of Newark that actually need help he is constantly rebuilding areas like the Ironbound, that are already built up. Politicians r politicians and I feel that this publicity stunt is demeaning to thos who need food stamps.

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