NJ Mayor Booker set for food stamp challenge

In this Sept. 4, 2012, photo, Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama may face the voters in two months, but several Democrats are already laying the groundwork for a future White House run. Up-and-coming Democratic stars like Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, Booker and others are making the rounds before state delegations and at private events surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 4, 2012 4:29:40 AM PST
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is prepared for a food stamp challenge.

He and one of his Twitter followers each plan to live for a week on the monetary equivalent of food stamps or less.

The mayor's week starts Tuesday. The North Carolina woman's began Sunday.

The mayor prepared for the challenge with a grocery purchase of $27.98.

Booker tweeted a picture of a receipt of the purchases he made Saturday at a Pathmark store in neighboring Irvington. The vegetarian mayor's grocery list included pink and black beans, corn and red delicious apples.

Booker declined requests Monday to be interviewed. He is using social media to provide updates.

Other city officials around the country have taken part in similar challenges, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter this past April.


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