Mayor Cory Booker said he will live on food stamps for a week starting Tuesday.

Following a debate about the role of government on Twitter, Newark Mayor Cory Booker has accepted a challenge to live on food stamps for a week after Thanksgiving.

Booker confirmed on his own Twitter accountthat he has accepted the “SNAP Challenge” to live on food stamps. The Village Voice reportedit all started when he got into a conversation with Twitter user known as TwitWit, who uses the handle @MWadeNC, about the role of government in public nutrition and food stamps.

On Sunday, Booker tweeted a quote from Plutarch – “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” He went on to tweet that if government invested “in schools, nutrition, etc., we’d save (money) and create wealth.”

TwitWit’s tweets are now protected, but the Raw Story said she chimed in with a response – “nutrition is not a responsibility of the government.”

Booker responded: “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?”

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