We have a shared responsibility that kids go to school nutritionally ready 2 learn RT @MWadeNC nutrition is not responsibility of the gov't— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 19, 2012
Part-time superhero, video platform entrepreneur, and Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker has entered into a bet to live off of food stamps. The bet was made entirely over Twitter after a heated debate over the role of government in helping the nation’s poor.
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— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 19, 2012
After his challenger agreed, Booker notified his fans that he will start living off of food stamps sometime after Thanksgiving.
Been challenged by thoughtful people 2 go longer. I will & after Thanksgiving start MT @melmeyer23: Going to live on foodstamps 4 a wk?— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 20, 2012
With this bet, Mayor Booker raises the bar, even higher, on what it means to be an executive in the age of social media. He’s already been made famous for shoveling constituents’ driveways in a blizzard in response to a tweet; then he launched a new video curation service #waywire (at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference). Now he’s making headlines for agreeing to live by the principals that so many other politicians only give lip service to.
It probably also helps his technology street cred that he’s a bona fide science-fiction geek.
But if u hold at Klingon Bat'leth to my neck & forced me to choose: Star Trek RT @Mlepore36: Star Wars or Star Trek?— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 17, 2012
Details of the challenge are still pending.