OceanFirst Financial Corp. Announces Appointment of Christopher D. Maher as President and Chief Operating Officer

OceanFirst Financial Corp. Announces Appointment of Christopher D. Maher as
President and Chief Operating Officer

TOMS RIVER, N.J., Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OceanFirst Financial Corp.
(Nasdaq:OCFC), the holding company for OceanFirst Bank (the "Bank"), today
announced the appointment of Christopher D. Maher as President and Chief
Operating Officer of the Company and the Bank effective March 25, 2013.

John R. Garbarino, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OceanFirst
Financial Corp. and OceanFirst Bank, said, "We are pleased to successfully
conclude the regional executive search initiated in August, 2012 and welcome
Chris to the leadership team at OceanFirst.As President and COO, Chris fills
a critical role in our succession planning as an experienced banker who
believes in community banking and is committed to our mission of building
value for our shareholders."

Mr. Maher joins OceanFirst with 25 years of experience in financial services
and related industries, most recently as President and Chief Executive Officer
of Patriot National Bancorp and Patriot National Bank, Stamford, CT. Prior to
that, Mr. Maher was Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Officer at The
Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh and its holding company, Dime Community
Bancshares, Inc.

OceanFirst Financial Corp.'s subsidiary, OceanFirst Bank, founded in 1902, is
a federally-chartered savings bank with $2.3 billion in assets and twenty-four
branches located in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey.The
Bank is the largest and oldest community-based financial institution
headquartered in Ocean County, New Jersey.

OceanFirst Financial Corp.'s press releases are available by visiting
www.oceanfirst.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995, which are based on
certain assumptions and describe future plans, strategies and expectations of
the Company.These forward-looking statements are generally identified by use
of the words "believe," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "estimate,"
"project," "will," "should," "may," "view," "opportunity," "potential," or
similar expressions or expressions of probability or confidence.The Company's
ability to predict results or the actual effect of future plans or strategies
is inherently uncertain.Factors which could have a material adverse effect on
the operations of the Company and the subsidiaries include, but are not
limited to, changes in interest rates, general economic conditions, levels of
unemployment in the Bank's lending area, real estate market values in the
Bank's lending area, legislative/regulatory changes, monetary and fiscal
policies of the U.S. Government including policies of the U.S. Treasury and
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the quality or composition
of the loan or investment portfolios, demand for loan products, deposit flows,
competition, demand for financial services in the Company's market area and
accounting principles and guidelines.These risks and uncertainties are
further discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year
ended December 31, 2011 and should be considered in evaluating forward-looking
statements and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.The
Company does not undertake – and specifically disclaims any obligation – to
publicly release the result of any revisions which may be made to any
forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date
of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or
unanticipated events.

CONTACT: Michael J. Fitzpatrick
         Chief Financial Officer
         OceanFirst Financial Corp.
         Tel:  (732) 240-4500, ext. 7506
         Fax: (732) 349-5070
         Email: Mfitzpatrick@oceanfirst.com
 
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