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Anthony Weiner Is Doing The Food Stamp Challenge

John Liu, city comptroller and another mayoral candidate, is doing the SNAP challenge too. "I'm gonna get probably a loaf of bread, some peanut butter, rice, lentils," says Weiner.

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Anthony Weiner, the former congressman running for mayor of New York City, announced Wednesday that he would undergo the "Food Stamp Challenge."

Weiner will live on $1.48 per meal for one week — the average benefit for city residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

"I doubt I'll be able to do that at any restaurant in the city," said Weiner.

Comptroller John Liu, also running for mayor this year, will live on a food stamp budget this week as well.

Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut, took on the challenge earlier this year, but it was Newark Mayor Cory Booker who made the stunt most famous, when he documented his week on the diet extensively on Twitter last December.

Ruby Cramer is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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