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Center Bancorp, Inc.'s Union Center Subsidiary Receives OCC Approval to Open Princeton, New Jersey Office

Center Bancorp, Inc.'s Union Center Subsidiary Receives OCC Approval to Open Princeton, New Jersey Office  UNION, N.J., April 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Center Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNBC) the ("Corporation", or "Center"), parent company of Union Center National Bank ("UCNB"), announced that Union Center National Bank has received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to open a Private Banking and Loan Production office in Princeton, New Jersey. The new Princeton banking center is located at 344 Nassau Street and is expected to open in the summer of 2013.  "This is another exciting step for Center with its entrance to the attractive Mercer County markets. We're making a strong commitment to this region with the opening of this location and will look to expand our brand visibility in this market," stated Anthony C. Weagley, President & Chief Executive Officer."Having a physical presence in Princeton will enable us to better serve the financial needs of our existing clients in the area and meet Center's strategic plan to expand the reach of our branch network," added Mr. Weagley.  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 OCC 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                   France Delle Donne          Senior Vice President          PR & Communications          908-206-2668  Center Bancorp, Inc. Logo