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?

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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