Newark Mayor Cory Booker has announced that he’ll be spending the week on food stamps.

He hopes his efforts will combat the stigma associated with government assistance.

He’ll operate on a budget of $30, which is roughly the amount alloted to those currently on New Jersey’s SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program.

From The Skanner:

Booker, who’s considered a potential gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey’s 2013 race, vowed to go on the budget after getting into a debate last month with a Twitter user, who argued “nutrition is not the responsibility of the government.”

“In my own quest to better understand the outcomes of SNAP assistance, I suggested to this specific Twitter user that we both live on a SNAP equivalent food budget for a week and document our experience,” Booker wrote in a blog post Monday.

To promote the experiment, Booker, who’s known for his frequent Twitter posts, will use the hashtag “#SNAPChallenge.”



Will Booker’s efforts shed light on the lives of those who depend on things like food stamps to eat?

Is a week enough? Is this just the latest in Booker’s social media shenanigans?

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