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Press Release - Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (BDGE-NASDAQ)

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“If you look at our returns over the years, we have always exceeded our peer groups on returns on equity and assets. We operate in a market place that is somewhat insulated from the general economy, because of the wealth that this area attracts. We have demonstrated successful steady growth. We are also poised to take advantage of market opportunities created by the consolidations in the banking industry creating mega banks. We have grown judiciously adding branches...” - Kevin M. O’Connor (BDGE) (Interview published May 16, 2008)

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Bridge Bancorp, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results
Strong Growth in Assets & Deposits and Increased Earnings

BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y., July 18, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Bridge Bancorp, Inc. (NasdaqGS:BDGE - News), the parent company of The Bridgehampton National Bank, today announced significant growth in assets and deposits and improved net income and earnings per share for the second quarter of 2008. Highlights for the quarter include:

 * Net income of $2.2 million or $.37 per share, increasing 2.8% from
   $.36 earned in the second quarter of 2007.
 * Returns on average equity and assets of 17.13% and 1.32%,
 * Net interest income grew to $7.3 million compared to $6.2 million
   in 2007, with a net interest margin of 4.76%.
 * Total assets of $710 million, an increase of $119 million or 20.1%
   from June 2007.
 * Deposits of $618 million, an increase of $77 million or 14.2% from
   June 2007.
 * Demand deposits of $214 million, a 10.6% increase, representing
   34.7% of total deposits.
 * Continued strong credit quality with increasing reserve levels.
 * Dividends of $0.23 per share.
 * Commenced trading on the NASDAQ stock market on June 9, 2008.

``This quarter included two significant milestones for our Company, the listing of our common stock on NASDAQ and eclipsing $700 million in total assets. These events, coupled with increased earnings and continued strong performance, as measured by our returns on assets and equity, occurred despite the continuing difficult banking environment. Our achievements reflect the strength of the organization and the efforts of our employees,'' said Kevin O'Connor, President and CEO of Bridge Bancorp, Inc.

Net Earnings and Returns

Net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 was $2.2 million or $.37 per share compared to $2.2 million and $.36 per share in the same period last year. For the six months ended June 30, 2008, net income was $4.2 million or $.69 per share compared to $4.0 million or $.65 per share for the same period in 2007. The earnings increase reflects significant net interest income growth, and a modest improvement in other income, offset by higher operating costs and an increase in the provision for loan losses.

Net interest income continued the positive trends reflected in the first quarter of both improved net interest margins, 4.76% in 2008 compared to 4.62% in 2007, and continued strong average earning asset growth. This expansion of earning assets included both loans and securities funded primarily with lower costing core deposits. Other income improved as deposit related income grew, with the expansion of fee generating products offsetting the expected decline in title fee income.

The quarterly provision for loan losses of $325,000, compared to $50,000 in 2007, is attributable to growth in our loan portfolio as well as our assessment of risk factors considering the weakening economic environment and overall industry trends.

The increase in operating expenses reflected higher salary and benefit costs associated with increased staffing, and greater incentive based compensation related to the achievement of established performance goals. Other expenses included approximately $130,000 related to our NASDAQ listing and $50,000 of additional FDIC premiums attributable to our deposit growth.

``The improvement in net income, despite the challenging credit environment, and costs associated with the NASDAQ listing along with growth initiatives, confirms the benefits of our expansion strategy and adherence to our community banking mission,'' stated Mr. O'Connor.

Balance Sheet and Asset Quality

Total assets at June 30, 2008 were $710.2 million, representing a record level for the Company and more importantly, an increase of $119.1 million, or 20.1% from $591.1 million at June 30, 2007. This increase included $52.2 million and $59.1 million of net growth in the loan and securities portfolios, respectively, creating an average increase of $79.3 million in new net earning assets. Loan originations continue to reflect the development of commercial relationships and real estate related loans across our expanding geographic footprint. ``We have been able to leverage our industry expertise and local knowledge to expand existing relationships and develop new ones, while maintaining our prudent underwriting standards,'' commented Mr. O'Connor.

Asset quality as measured by non-performing assets and loan delinquencies remains strong. Non-performing assets at June 30, 2008, totaled $773,000, higher than the June 2007 level of $222,000, but down from $1.0 million at March 31, 2008. ``The level of non-performing assets continues to reflect our adherence to conservative underwriting standards and strict avoidance of the more speculative lending which occurred in other institutions over the past several years,'' noted Mr. O'Connor, ``However, we remain cautious and have increased our reserve levels to reflect the economic reality of today's marketplace.'' The loan loss provisions recorded this quarter and over the past twelve months increased the allowance for loan losses to $3.3 million from $2.6 million at June 30, 2007, increasing the overall reserve coverage ratio from .76% to .83%. ``This action reflects our active monitoring of the loan portfolio and the economy while maintaining our reserve coverage ratios at conservative levels,'' added Mr. O'Connor.

Total deposits grew $76.7 million or 14.2% to $617.8 million at quarter end compared to $541.1 million at June 30, 2007. This growth has occurred throughout the branch network, both in new and mature markets. The deposit growth was concentrated in core retail and commercial deposits, which increased $75.4 million to $498.2 million, or 7.8% from 2007. Demand deposits aggregated $214.5 million at quarter end, representing approximately 35% of total deposits.

``The continued and sustained deposit growth evidences the success of our branch expansion initiatives, and more importantly reflects the opportunities within our existing footprint to cultivate and expand relationships,'' remarked Mr. O'Connor. ``We are also expanding our customer base geographically by using electronic banking products, effectively leveraging the existing branch locations.''

Stockholders' equity and capital grew with earnings and the net increase in the value of the securities portfolio. The Company remains ``well-capitalized'' with its related capital ratios for the Bank and holding company substantially above regulatory minimums. ``Our Company's strong capital position provides us the ability to support asset growth while maintaining our dividend,'' commented Mr. O'Connor.


``The accomplishments of the past quarter, including loan and deposit growth as well as our listing on NASDAQ, have been gratifying given the negative economic news and unprecedented financial and market uncertainty. We are continually exposed to information regarding the housing crisis, rising oil prices, the credit crunch and the declining stock market. These events, while not yet impacting our Company, are troubling and are an ongoing focus for management as we evaluate loans, investments and expansion plans,'' noted Mr. O'Connor.

``Opportunities exist to continue our profitable growth, but we need to be mindful of the challenges and obstacles as we proceed. We must carefully consider risk elements with a more conservative view and assess the impact of world and national events on businesses in our market place. The future will offer organizations with capital, vision and a mission, an opportunity to prosper. We will need to monitor existing relationships, develop creative solutions to problems, and take advantage of market opportunities to continue our success,'' concluded Mr. O'Connor.

About Bridge Bancorp, Inc.

Bridge Bancorp, Inc. is a one bank holding company engaged in commercial banking and financial services through its wholly owned subsidiary, The Bridgehampton National Bank. Established in 1910, the Bank, with assets of approximately $700 million, and a primary market area of the North and South Forks of Eastern Long Island, extending westward into Riverhead Town, operates 14 retail branch locations. Through this network and electronic delivery channels, it provides deposit and loan products and financial services to local businesses, consumers and municipalities. Title insurance services are offered through the Bank's wholly owned subsidiary, Bridge Abstract.

The Bridgehampton National Bank continues a rich tradition of involvement in the community by supporting programs and initiatives that promote local business, the environment, education, healthcare, social services and the arts.

The Bridge Bancorp, Inc. logo is available at http://www.primenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5122

Please see the attached tables for selected financial information.

This report may contain statements relating to the future results of the Company (including certain projections and business trends) that are considered ``forward-looking statements'' as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the ``PSLRA''). Such forward-looking statements, in addition to historical information, which involve risk and uncertainties, are based on the beliefs, assumptions and expectations of management of the Company. Words such as ``expects, '' ``believes,'' ``should,'' ``plans,'' ``anticipates,'' ``will,'' ``potential,'' ``could,'' ``intend,'' ``may,'' ``outlook,'' ``predict,'' ``project,'' ``would,'' ``estimated,'' ``assumes,'' ``likely,'' and variation of such similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, possible or assumed estimates with respect to the financial condition, expected or anticipated revenue, and results of operations and business of the Company, including earnings growth; revenue growth in retail banking lending and other areas; origination volume in the Company's consumer, commercial and other lending businesses; current and future capital management programs; non-interest income levels, including fees from the abstract subsidiary and banking services as well as product sales; tangible capital generation; market share; expense levels; and other business operations and strategies. For this presentation, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the PSLRA.

Factors that could cause future results to vary from current management expectations include, but are not limited to, changing economic conditions; legislative and regulatory changes; monetary and fiscal policies of the federal government; changes in tax policies; rates and regulations of federal, state and local tax authorities; changes in interest rates; deposit flows; the cost of funds; demands for loan products; demand for financial services; competition; changes in the quality and composition of the Bank's loan in investment portfolios; changes in management's business strategies; changes in accounting principles, policies or guidelines, changes in real estate values and other factors discussed elsewhere in this report, and in other reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this report, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)
(In thousands)
                                   June 30, December 31, June 30,
                                     2008       2007       2007
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Cash and Due from Banks          $  30,055  $  14,348  $  14,152
 Federal Funds Sold                   4,000         --     13,500
 Investment in Debt and Equity
  Securities, net:
   Securities Available for Sale,
    at Fair Value                   248,355    189,771    188,661
   Securities Held to Maturity        4,385      5,836      4,992
 Loans                              399,781    375,236    346,857
  Less: Allowance for Loan Losses    (3,324)    (2,954)    (2,638)
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Loans, net                         396,457    372,282    344,219
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Premises and Equipment, net         18,427     18,469     18,298
 Accrued Interest Receivable and
  Other Assets                        8,550      6,718      7,310
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Total Assets                     $ 710,229  $ 607,424  $ 591,132
                                  =========  =========  =========
 Demand Deposits                  $ 214,485  $ 176,130  $ 193,863
 Savings, NOW and Money Market
  Deposits                          325,313    253,012    285,446
 Certificates of Deposit of
  $100,000 or More and Other Time
  Deposits                           77,997     79,767     61,749
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total Deposits                  617,795    508,909    541,058
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Federal Funds Purchased and
  Repurchase Agreements              32,300     42,000         --
 Other Liabilities and Accrued
  Expenses                            8,059      5,406      4,596
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
    Total Liabilities               658,154    556,315    545,654
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Total Stockholders' Equity          52,075     51,109     45,478
                                  ---------  ---------  ---------
 Total Liabilities and
  Stockholders' Equity            $ 710,229  $ 607,424  $ 591,132
                                  =========  =========  =========
 Selected Financial Data: Capital
 Total Capital (to risk weighted
  assets)                             11.73%     12.14%     12.37%
 Tier 1 Capital (to risk weighted
  assets)                             11.01%     11.45%     11.72%
 Tier 1 Capital (to average
  assets)                              7.73%      8.45%      8.35%
 Condensed Consolidated Statements of  Income  (unaudited)
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                             Three months ended    Six months ended 
                                  June 30,              June 30,
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
                              2008       2007       2008       2007
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
 Interest Income            $  9,558   $  8,862   $ 18,752   $ 17,418
 Interest Expense              2,248      2,707      4,794      5,476
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
  Net Interest Income          7,310      6,155     13,958     11,942
 Provision for Loan Losses       325         50        525         95
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
    Net Interest Income 
     after Provision for 
     Loan Losses               6,985      6,105     13,433     11,847
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
 Other Non Interest Income     1,292      1,155      2,360      2,097
 Title Fee Income                317        386        695        779
 Net Security Losses              --         --         --       (101)
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
    Total Non Interest 
     Income                    1,609      1,541      3,055      2,775
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
 Salaries and Benefits         3,081      2,523      6,139      5,204
 Other Non Interest Expense    2,202      1,853      4,133      3,652
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
    Total Non Interest 
     Expense                   5,283      4,376     10,272      8,856
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
 Income before Income 
  Taxes                        3,311      3,270      6,216      5,766
 Provision for Income 
  Taxes                        1,076      1,063      2,011      1,810
                            --------   --------   --------   --------
    Net Income              $  2,235   $  2,207   $  4,205   $  3,956
                            ========   ========   ========   ========
 Basic Earnings Per Share   $   0.37   $   0.36   $   0.69   $   0.65
                            ========   ========   ========   ========
 Diluted Earnings Per 
  Share                     $   0.37   $   0.36   $   0.69   $   0.65
                            ========   ========   ========   ========
 Selected Financial Data
 Return on Average Total 
  Assets                        1.32%      1.49%      1.29%      1.35%
 Return on Average 
  Stockholders' Equity         17.13%     18.77%     15.89%     17.10%
 Net Interest Margin            4.76%      4.62%      4.72%      4.55%
 Efficiency Ratio              57.87%     54.91%     58.89%     58.24%


          Bridge Bancorp, Inc. 
          Howard H. Nolan, Senior Executive Vice President
           Chief Financial Officer
          (631) 537-1001, ext. 7255


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