Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE on late Monday speculated that Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) may have endorsed GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE because he owes “a debt.”

“Why would, why did he support him?” Clinton asked MSNBC host Chris Matthews during a town hall in Springfield, Ill., in an exchange caught by a hot mic, according to The Washington Post.

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“They all want a future,” Matthews responded. "Christie’s not going to beat [New Jersey Sen.] Cory Booker.”

“Did he have a debt or something?” asked Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner.

“Cory Booker’s not going anywhere,” Matthews responded of Christie’s future in New Jersey. "There’s nowhere for Christie to go. Unless [Sen. Bob] Menendez has to go.”

Clinton and Matthews then concluded that Christie’s political future in New Jersey looks grim after suspending his GOP presidential campaign last month.

“I don’t think he could win right now,” Clinton said of the governor’s reelection prospects.

“Not in Jersey, no,” Matthews agreed. "I don’t think he could win as a Senate candidate either. A Republican Senate candidate in Jersey? That’s a long time ago.”

Clinton also chastised Matthews and other news personalities for constantly giving Trump a media spotlight.

“Man, you guys can’t stop covering him,” she said. "I mean, he’s a dangerous presence. And, you know, it’s just like candy by the bushel."

“[We] dip into ‘em, we dip out of ‘em, and we have a progressive audience, obviously,” Matthews replied, referencing MSNBC’s coverage of Trump. "Nobody can tell what works, what people want to watch.”

“Yeah, people must think they want to watch him,” Clinton said of Trump.

“You can laugh at him,” Matthews quipped of the outspoken billionaire.

Christie raised eyebrows late last month by backing Trump in a surprise announcement, arguing that the businessman can give America the “strong leadership” it needs.

His decision stunned political pundits following his fierce fight with Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. The New Jersey governor repeatedly argued that Trump lacks the experience or temperament necessary for the Oval Office.