FNC’s Judge Napolitano On His TV Career: “I Really Was Tired Of Being Poor”

By Alissa Krinsky 

Fox News Channel’s Judge Andrew Napolitano, who has a new book out (A Nation of Sheep) is profiled by the Washington Times’ Amy Doolittle. She talks with Napolitano about his 1995 decision to leave his $100,000/year job on the bench in New Jersey’s Superior Court. Napolitano wanted to make more money (“I really was tired of being poor”), and was encouraged by New Jersey’s Chief Justice to hold a press conference about the career move.

That presser, Doolittle writes, “caught the eye of Roger Ailes, who (at the time) was CNBC president.”

“About a week after that,” Napolitano says, “Ailes reached out to me and said, ‘We are about to cover this trial in California. Why don’t you come in and see if the camera likes you and you like it?’ Of course, it was the O.J. Simpson case.” Judge Napolitano did commentary during the trial, and then eventually followed Ailes to FNC.

About his book title, Napolitano explains that “the American public are…sheep” when it comes to accepting government initiatives like the Patriot Act, which he feels runs contrary to the Constitution.