Center Announces Resignation of Officer

Center Announces Resignation of Officer

UNION, N.J., May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Center Bancorp, Inc.
(Nasdaq:CNBC) (the "Corporation" or "Center"), parent company of Union Center
National Bank ("UCNB"), announced that Vincent Tozzi has informed the
Corporation that he is resigning from the positions of Vice President,
Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer of Center and as Senior Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer of UCNB, effective May 31, 2013, to pursue other
business opportunities. The Bank announced that Francis "Rich" Patryn, Senior
Vice President & Comptroller, will be assuming the role of interim Chief
Financial Officer.

"Rich has been a valued member of the Bank management team for the past 15
plus years, and we wish him success in his new position," said Anthony
Weagley, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are fortunate to have
Rich, an experienced financial manager, available to assume Vince's
duties."Rich currently serves as UCNB's Comptroller, a role he assumed in
1997. Rich holds a BS from St. Peters College and is a Graduate of the Stonier
Graduate School of Banking.

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 filed an application in March 2013 with 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 Union,
Morris and Bergen Counties, 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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