By this point, we’re desensitized towards larger-than-life headlines of Newark Mayor Cory Booker. This guy is saving people from fires, handing out toilet paper to the distressed during blizzards, mediating on bulletproof vests for bodega owners and, who knows, maybe even preparing a Presidential run. So is there anything he can’t do? Well, we’re about to find out.
According to the Mayor, the challenge will begin after Thanksgiving – he has confirmed the start date as December 4th and to end on December 11th. He’s in the process of drawing up the rules and guidelines to how it’s going to work (from now on, call it the #SNAPChallenge) and it may go longer than a week if need be:
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
Bare in mind that it will be video-recorded – the Mayor has always been a fan of broadcasting his activities, just like when he lost weight and kept followers in the loop on Facebook and Twitter. If this is political transparency in the Digital Era, well, alright then.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 21, 2012