After Babylon 5 drove away the Shadows and Vorlons, Garibaldi resigned from his job because he was unhappy with Sheridan. Unlike Star Trek, money still matters quite a bit in Babylon 5.

Like any human on Earth today, a person needs to have lots of money to show the middle finger to his boss and quit without a job. Even if Garibaldi is rich, most of his assets would probably have been frozen or confiscated by the Earth government when Babylon 5 rebelled against Earth government. He is most likely poor after the rebellion.

How does he have the means to give Sheridan the middle finger and walk away without a job?

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    Did you miss the part where he was living rent-free and abusing his station ID to sell his services as a private detective?
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 14:13
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    Have not reached that part.
    – user486818
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 14:14
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    Here be spoilers.
    – Valorum
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 14:16
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    Yeah, this is very easily answered if you keep watching the show.
    – Radhil
    Commented Nov 3, 2017 at 14:20

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The episode Conflicts of Interest answers this. In order to support himself, Garibaldi has been operating as a licensed Private Detective. He's also been using his station ID and computer access to help him solve cases.

Client: Three weeks, Garibaldi, since I asked you to help find my daughter. I haven't been able to eat or sleep since we were separated during the raid on the Aris Colony. All I get from you is silence, except when you want more money or information.


Garibaldi: Come on, Zack, this is me. I'm running a private investigation company.

Later in the same episode he helps a client get onto the station without registering with customs and acts as their bodyguard.

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