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OceanFirst Bank Announces Appointment of Craig C. Spengeman as Executive Vice President/Trust & Asset Management

TOMS RIVER, N.J., Dec. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OceanFirst Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of OceanFirst Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:OCFC), announced the addition of Craig C. Spengeman as Executive Vice President and Director of Trust & Asset Management effective January 6, 2014.

Christopher D. Maher, OceanFirst Bank President and Chief Operating Officer said, "Craig Spengeman is a respected and successful leader in community bank trust and asset management services and we are pleased to welcome Craig to our OceanFirst team."

Mr. Spengeman will be responsible for the overall management and growth of the Trust & Asset Management department at OceanFirst Bank and will report directly to Mr. Maher. Most recently, Mr. Spengeman served as the President and Chief Investment Officer at Peapack-Gladstone Bank Trust & Investments where under his leadership the division grew from $39 million to $2.5 billion in assets under administration over a 28 year period. Mr. Spengeman was also Executive Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corporation and Peapack-Gladstone Bank.

Mr. Maher added, "Craig's proven experience building a $2.5 billion trust business, a key strategic growth area for our Company, will provide an extraordinary opportunity for the long-term growth of this business line at OceanFirst."

OceanFirst Bank, founded in 1902, is a federally-chartered savings bank with $2.3 billion in assets and twenty-five 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.

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CONTACT: Jill A. Hewitt Investor Relations Officer OceanFirst Financial Corp. Tel: (732)240-4500, ext. 7513 Fax: (732)349-2579 email: JAHewitt@oceanfirst.comSource:OceanFirst Financial Corp.