Newark Mayor Cory Booker is set to live at least a week on food stamps after he challenged a self-described Army wife and veteran to join him in the test.
Booker tweeted that investing in “schools, nutrition, etc” would save money in the longrun instead of paying only for “huge back-end” government programs like prisons and police.
@MWadeNC, who goes by the name TwitWit on Twitter, touched off the exchange when she responded that “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government.”
“We have a shared responsibility that kids go to school nutritionally ready 2 learn,” 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?”
@MWadeNC agreed and there have been various offers to referee the challenge, though more details were not immediately available.