Center Bancorp, Inc. to be Featured on Bloomberg Radio

Center Bancorp, Inc. to be Featured on Bloomberg Radio

UNION, N.J., Jan. 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Center Bancorp, Inc.
(Nasdaq:CNBC), parent company of Union Center National Bank ("UCNB" or the
"Bank"), President & CEO, Anthony C. Weagley, and Frederick Fish, Bank
Director and President of TREECO, will be featured guests on Bloomberg Radio
today from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. during The Hays Advantage radio program, at
the special occasion of a Grand Opening introducing Union Center National
Bank's new Private Banking and Loan Production Office in downtown Englewood,
NJ, at 12 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey.

About Center Bancorp, Inc.

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 and philanthropic advisory
services.

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 Bergen, Morris and Union
Counties in New Jersey. Banking centers are located in Union Township (five
locations), Berkeley Heights, Boonton/Mountain Lakes, newly opened in
Englewood, Madison, Millburn/Vauxhall, Morristown, Oakland, Saddle River,
Springfield, and Summit. The Bank's primary market area is comprised of
Bergen, Morris, and Union Counties, New Jersey.

For further information regarding Center Bancorp, Inc., please visit our
website at http://www.centerbancorp.com or call 800.862.3683. For information
regarding Union Center National Bank, please visit www.ucnb.com.

CONTACT: Investor Inquiries:
         Joseph D. Gangemi
         VP, Investor Relations
         908.206.2863
        
         France Delle Donne
         VP, Director of
         Communications & Public Relations
         908.206.2668
 
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