December 4, 2012 By Jessica Mulholland
A Twitter battle between Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and a political detractor has the mayor feeding himself solely with food stamps this week. Booker issued the challenge to a self-described veteran and Army wife on Twitter who accused the mayor of wanting to “redistribute wealth.” Booker announced that he would accept this challenge on Nov. 21.
Booker, who has $30 to spend on groceries for the week, is sharing his experience on Twitter using #SNAPCHALLENGE. This morning, he expressed thanks to those both spreading the word about the challenge and joining in -- along with his first grocery receipt:
He also shared a photo of his food for the week:
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