Center Bancorp, Inc.'s Union Center National Bank Celebrates 90 Year Anniversary By Ringing The NASDAQ Closing Bell

UNION, N.J., June 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Center Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNBC) (the "Corporation", or "Center"), parent company of Union Center National Bank ("UCNB" or the "Bank"), announces that its President & Chief Executive Officer Anthony C. Weagley will ring the closing bell at NASDAQ today in celebration of the Bank's 90 th anniversary milestone.

"I am thrilled to be joined by our Bank directors, shareholders, clients and team members in marking this Anniversary milestone with the closing bell at NASDAQ," said Anthony C. Weagley. "We believe that significant opportunities for franchise expansion into the New Jersey marketplace exists for Center," Mr. Weagley added, "and that we continue to have in place a flexible working strategic plan to generate superior value to shareholders."

Following recent announcements of top corporate earnings, increased quarterly dividend, and recognitions received placing Center on SNL Financial's annual ranking of 2012's 100 Top-Performing Community Banks of 2012 with $500M to $5B in assets in the country, among others, the Bank will also be opening its 16 th banking location and Private Banking & Loan Production Center in Princeton, NJ, the week of June 17, 2013.

About Center Bancorp

Center Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company, which operates Union Center National Bank, its main subsidiary. Chartered in 1923, Union Center National Bank is one of the oldest national banks headquartered in the state of New Jersey and now ranks as the third largest national bank headquartered in the state. Union Center National Bank is currently the largest commercial bank headquartered in Union County. Its primary market niche is its commercial banking business. The Bank focuses its lending activities on commercial lending to small- and medium-sized businesses, real estate developers and high net worth individuals.

The Bank, through its Private Banking and Wealth Management Division, which includes its wholly-owned subsidiary, Center Financial Group LLC, provides personalized wealth management and advisory services to high net worth individuals and families. Our services include banking, liquidity management, investment services, custody, tailored lending, wealth planning, trust and fiduciary services, insurance, family wealth advisory services and philanthropic advisory services. The Bank, through a strategic partnership between the Bank's Private Banking Division and Alexander, Troy & Company ("AT&CO."), Family Office Services, of Katonah, New York, provides customized financial and administrative services to high-net worth individuals.

Center also through a strategic partnership with Compass Financial Management, LLC and ING offers pension/401(k) planning services. Compass is an Investment Advisory Company with five decades of cumulative experience providing investment services in a personal, professional and attentive manner. They provide discretionary private investment management for individuals and corporate accounts as well as 401(k) advisory services.

The Bank currently operates 15 banking locations in Union, Morris and Bergen Counties in New Jersey. Banking centers are located in Union Township (5 locations), Berkeley Heights, Boonton/Mountain Lakes, Englewood, Madison, Millburn/Vauxhall, Morristown, Oakland, Saddle River, Springfield, and Summit, New Jersey. Center received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to open a Private Banking and Loan Production Office in Princeton, NJ. The Bank's primary market area is comprised of central and northern New Jersey.

For further information regarding Center Bancorp, Inc., please visit our web site at http://www.centerbancorp.com or call (800) 862-3683. For information regarding Union Center National Bank, please visit our web site at www.ucnb.com.
CONTACT: Investor Inquiries:         Joseph Gangemi         Senior Vice President         Investor Relations         908.206.2863         Media Inquiries:         France Delle Donne         Senior Vice President         Communications & PR         908.206.2668

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