Newark Mayor Will Live Off Food Stamps

    Newark Mayor Cory Booker opens the Newark Peace Education Summit early Friday, May 13, 2011, in Newark, N.J. The three-day summit on the power of nonviolence will include Nobel laureates, international leaders, local anti-violence activists and the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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    Well, Newark Mayor Cory Booker isn’t afraid to be a hero. From pulling a neighbor from a burning building to fixing a traffic light, the colorful mayor is taking his hands-on approach to a new level by announcing he’ll go on food stamps for a year. On Sunday night, he got into a debate with a Twitter user over whether the government is responsible for making sure school kids get proper nutrition. When asked, “Why there is a family today that is ‘too poor’ to afford breakfast?” Booker shot back a challenge. “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?” University of Bridgeport offered to referee, and the contest is on. Just one question: how will he qualify exactly?

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