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♪ what good is livin the life you've been given if all you do is stand in one place ♪ ♪ i'm on a river that winds on forever i'll follow til i get where i'm going ♪ ♪ maybe i'm headin to die but i'm still gonna try i guess i'm going alone ♪
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>> tonight on "nightline," the boss -- >> man, i'm governor. could you just shut up for a second. >> caught new a scandal. he said he's humiliated, sad and sorry. >> i'm sad. i'm sad. and sorry. >> it's a far cry from his usual. >> i have no interest in answering your questions. >> and it's all because of a traffic jam. hot heels. the latest girls best friend. it's not a diamond. the surprising boom in dream cars. they're not just boy toys anymore. and pretty monster. what would happen if you created a profile on a dating site with a beautiful picture but disturbing personal information. tonight, the comedian behind a social experiment.
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>> i will pretend to be pregnant so i can sue you for child support. >> and they would say? support. >> and they would say? so you can see like right here i can just... you know, check my policy here, add a car, ah speak to customer service, check on a know, all with the ah, tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool. well, i would disagree with you but, ah, that would make me a liar. no dude, you're on the jumbotron! whoa. ah...yeah, pretty much walked into that one. geico anywhere anytime. just a tap away on the geico app. [ man ] adventure, it means taking chances. it means trying something new. [ woman ] just, that uncertainty of what's to come. [ man ] just kidding. ♪ can you please stop doing that? ♪ [ woman ] you walk outside, and it's cement and broken glass.
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and this is just like... the opposite of that. ♪ >> good evening. we're going to take you inside the scandal of governor chris christie. today, we witnessed an extraordinary scene. the famously brash christie repeatedly begging forgiveness in one of the most unusual and prolonged news conferences any of us can remember. ♪ well we made a promise >> there are three boss in state of new jersey -- bruce
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springste springsteen, tony soprano -- >> maybe the folks in washington, d.c. should tune their tvs in. >> -- and governor chris christie. he's enormously popular. he's considered the front run fer the presidential nominee in 2016 and he became a national political star because of his tell it like it is take no prisoner brashness. >> you know, some may go down tonight, but it ain't going to be jobs, sweetheart. >> going to get thrown in jail, idiot. >> i'm governor, could you just shut up for a second. >> he built his reputation not only on tough talk, but also on representing a fresh alternative to the old corrupt style of new jersey politics as dramatized in "the sopranos" and "american hustle." >> should always take a favor over money. >> but tonight, chris christie is embroiled in a scandal so potentially damaging that it forced him to launch an extraordinary day-long contrition mission. >> i am embarrassed is and
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humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. >> this scandal has its roots in, of all thing, a traffic jam. an epic traffic jam this past september. an agency controlled by the governor reduced the number of toll lanes on the george washington bridge, the busiest bridge in the world. that provoked paralysis, adding hours to the commute for millions of people, including police officers and ambulances. quickly, the questions came. was this all an act of political retaliation? after all, the mayor of ft. lee, home of the bridge, a democrat named mark sokolich had recently refused to support christie in his re-election campaign against democratic state senator barbara buono. governor christie responded to questions about a possible political vendetta by mocking reporters. >> i actually was the guy working the cones out there. you really are not serious with
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that question. >> but then yesterday, a bombshell. the release of a wae of e-mails and texts in august shortly after the mayor refused to support christie, the governor's deputy chief of staff, bridgette kelly sent a note to a transportation official named david wildstein saying, time for traffic problems in ft. lee. he responded got it. a month later, the lanes were closed. frank sokolich called somebody in wildstein's office regarding a urgent matter of public importance. did you call him back? radio silence. is it wrong that i'm smiling wrote one unidentified staffer. i feel badly about the kids, i guess, relied in another.
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to which david wildstein responded, they're the children of buono voter. and so today in response, the governor came out and held what may have been one of the longest and most bizarre press conferences in modern american politics. >> all of the people who were affected by this conduct deserve this apology and that's why i'm giving it to them. >> he said he was blind sided by the revrevelation, that he knew nothing about the scheme to cause the gridlock and he fired bridgette kelly. >> major -- the mayor was on my radar screen. i wouldn't have been able to pick him out of a lineup. even as tchristie was talking, the mayor of ft. lee said he would rather not receive the governor today. >> he certainly would not be shunned but if ft. lee has built up enough capital at this point to be granted one request, we
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would ask that this visit come once this investigation is either over or all of the material facts have surfaced. >> but apologies may not be enough here. today, david wildstein who resigned several weeks ago as this scandal was gathering steam refused to answer questions in front of a legislative committee. >> on the advice of my council, i respectfully assert my right to remain silent under the united states and new jersey constitutions. >> democrats in trenton, the state capitol clearly see an opening. >> the governor has certainly conducted himself over the last four years as the worst combination of bully and boss. >> today, democrats including christie's former opponent, senator barbara buono regaled us with story about the governor's alleged abusive behavior. she said one time after she publicly criticized him several years ago, she was never allowed to be in a meeting with him again, even though she was the senate majority leader.
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>> he said i was not invited ever. >> so after that one comment -- >> correct. >> -- you were not allowed at the meeting. >> correct. it is not unusual. that's notten usual. he's very thin skinned. >> reporter: governor christie got up and said the following words, i am not a bully. in your experience? >> he is a bully. simple as that. if you disagree with him, he's going to get you and going to stamp you out. and he's going to seek revenge. >> reporter: former governor, dick cody who's now a state senator said one time after he disagreed with the governor on a policy issue, christie lashed out, killing the funding for a program to help women suffering from post par tem depression, who cody had created in honor of his wife who had experienced the condition himself. >> $800,000 was removed from the budget and each year we've tried to restore it. he wouldn't allow it. >> how do you know he wasn't just doing budget cutting
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because he thought this was -- >> this a wasn't budget cutting. that was sending a message. i'm the blosz. boss. >> reporter: christie fans watching this interview may say this is just sour grapes. you're no longer in power, you're in the opposite party, you ear just taking advantage of the situation to nail him. >> absolutely not. not in any way, shape or form. i love being governor. and i'm embarrassed that a governor would conduct himself that way. i will always respect that office and anybody that holds it. >> reporter: the questions about the governor aren't just coming from democrats. in a recent best selling book "double down" the authors claim mitt romney's team was very troubled by video of chris christie arguing with hecklers on the jersey shore as seen in this clip from tmz. >> a video of chris christie on a new jersey boardwalk get into a confrontation with one of his swepts, a shouting match in which the constituent finally has had enough and walks away.
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and christie would leat go. he chases this constituent down the boardwalk, brandishing an ice cream cone as if it were a weapon. >> reporter: tonight, this question. can chris christie survive this scandal? there is definitely the po tintial for more damaging revelations as the state legislature and now the u.s. attorney each investigate the matter. >> in the absence of any new facts, this is a survivalable thing for him. you think about the kinds of scandals that bill clinton overcame, george w. bush had a dui. barack obama survived reverend wright. big politicians have survived scandals much bigger than this. >> reporter: in the end, it may be dangerous to underestimate chris christie. late today, he emerged from a 30 minute meeting with the mayor of ft. lee, claiming to feel better having apologized in person. and he was greeted by shouts of support and even signed a few autographs. however, the unpleasant surprises may not be over for christie. tonight, we're hearing about a class action lawsuit against
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government officials brought by hourly workers who claimed they didn't get paid because the traffic on the gw bridge made them late for work. why hot wheels are selling like hot cakes. the boom and bling. and later, if you have a great picture but horrifying personal information, can you still succeed in on line dating? ♪ [ alarm sound for malfunctioning printer ] [ male announcer ] you've reached the age where you've learned a thing or two. [ metal clanks ] ♪ this is the age of knowing what you're made of. so why let erectile dysfunction get in your way? [ gears whirring ] talk to your doctor about viagra. 20 million men already have. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. do not take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain; it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects include headache, flushing, upset stomach, and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help
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>> there was a time in the
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depths of the recession when driving a flashy car was a bit tacky. that time is parentally over. the business of luxury vehicles is booming. and it's not just a boys club anymore. but can you really integrate a rolls royce into your daily life. abc's david wright and his daughters give it a try. >> the ultimate driving machine, this is not. nor is it injured to move the human spirit. this is a cut above. it instantly transforms everyone in it into a high roller. and it's just been delivered to my doorstep. >> this is great. 2014, the most powerful ever built. 624 horsepower puturbo. >> so this is not your grand father's rolls royce. wow doesn't even begin to cover it.
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hold this button here until the door closes. >> reporter: that's cool. to the canopy of lights. the whole car is basically lights. press tag, $350,000 fully loaded. and it's mine for the day. i'm nervous. >> don't be nervous, don't be nervous. >> reporter: you have insurance, right? >> yes, you are covered. >> reporter: aural the same, signing the insurance forms brings the phrase you break it, you buy it comes to mind. >> if something happens i give you my house? >> that should do. >> reporter: one of the most hotly contested segments of the car market where the competition also includes bentley, maserati, ferrari and ashton martin. >> we're talking to people who own their own business.
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we're talking to doctors, dentists. >> plastic surgeons? >> reporter: all of them able to plunk down at least $100,000, usually more. sales of all these ultra luxury brands last year were up by double digits over 2012. in some casings, up 94% since the start of the recession. stewart mcintosh of aston martin insists it's not just press porous middle aged men looking to stave off a mid life crisis or to compensate for something else. >> a cigar is just a cigar. >> reporter: but a very nice one. >> indeed. >> reporter: it's not just men buying them anymore. ten years ago, it would be 98% male, 2% female. we're now starting to see that shift with about a quarter of all cars sold to females. >> a quarter of all aston martins are sold to women? >> yep. >> reporter: all of them buying not just a car, but a dream of style at top speeds.
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this is about luxury in motion, not just about getting from point a to point b. >> the rolls royce, it's not a need purchase. this is definitely something that is a desire. it's a want. >> reporter: it's easy to see how it fits with the lifestyles of the rich and famous. folks like rapper rick ross who treated himself to a rolls royce as a christmas present. but how well does the dream down size to daily life? that's what we wonder. >> in you go. >> how is it for taking the kids on the school run. my daughters took it in stride. they are little princesses after all. finally, a car worthy of them. you don't like the minivan better? >> i like this one the best. >> reporter: don't touch
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anything. arriving at school we made quite the entrance. the natural habitat for this car is really a few miles away. rodeo drive in beverly hills. people are looking. people are pointing. even there, everyone wanted a selfie. >> can we take a picture in your vehicle? >> yeah, go ahead. but just try taking a rolls royce up to the drive through window at mcdonald's. >> i'll get a quarter pounder with cheese, please. do you have any gray poupon? never mind.
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just regular. the people from rolls royce kind of grit their teeth when they hear the phrase from that ad. >> would you have any grey poupon. >> but of course. >> it has a lingering effect what some people have in their minds when you say rolls royce. and, you know, but in reality, you know, we want to be a more approachable brand. >> reporter: as approachable as any car worth a quarter million bucks can be. put it this way, if i won the lottery, i would buy one. i'm david wright for "nightline" in los angeles. >> thanks to david wright and his adorable daughters. coming up next this fake online dating profile was deliberately made to sound racist and manipulati manipulative. but the picture was gorgeous. so the question, would men respond?
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♪ go! go! go! buzz! ♪ hey! must be the honey! ♪ ♪ clusters, flakes ♪ that medley crunch, crunch! ♪ clusters, flakes ♪ that medley crunch, crunch! go! ♪ ♪ ♪ hey! must be the honey! ♪ ♪ hey! you got that medley crunch ♪ ♪ hey! must be the honey! ♪ >> it's simple but somewhat diabolical. create an online profile of a beautiful woman whose personal information indicate she's cruel
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and stupid. would men respond anyway? >> reporter: she's cold aaron carter fan and she's the most monstrous online dater imaginable. >> she is mean and manipulative. >> she gets her kicks knocking cups out of the hands of homeless, fools boy friends into thinking she's pregnant. her ambition is to design dog clothing. but she sure is pretty. >> i wanted to see if there was a lower limit to how awful a human being could be before men would not message her onkaline dating sites. >> ally reid who created this monster is a comedy writer and disillusioned online dater. >> i put it up hoping no one would message her and she got 150 messages in the first 24 hours. >> their brains are wired to be visual. you're visual biologically. i don't think that you should be chastised for something that how
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you're physically built. >> and let's be fair here. only one in ten of the men who viewed the profile sent a message. but about 1,000 men sent messages and ally replied. >> i told men i will pretend to be pregnant so i can sue you for child support. >> and did they -- >> responded saying sounds great, what did you do this friday? >> many men are fascinated by a challenge. and i think that chase of potentially changing her or even just getting her is appealing. >>. >> reporter: okay cupid is the site where our pretty monster enjoyed such success. >> i got a lot of phone numbers. real human male phone numb befrs. >> and okay cupid actually told us a few years ago that women who show a little clooeavage in the profile photo showed 79% more success. >> i get that men are


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